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HOUSE FIRE IN SPOKANE VALLEY DISPLACES LARGE FAMILY

Apr 14, 2021

For Immediate Release:

April 10th, 2021

Contact:

Jeff Smetzler

Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Fire

509-319-6078

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HOUSE FIRE IN SPOKANE VALLEY DISPLACES LARGE FAMILY

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units were dispatched at 1:30 p.m. for a report of a fire 10507 E. 14th. Valley Engine 9 arrived first reporting visible smoke and flames on the exterior of the back side of the home and upgraded the fire to working house fire.  The working fire response added multiple other Valley Fire units to the call to aid in fire control and extinguishment.  Valley Engine 9 extended a fire attack line to the back exterior of the structure and performed a rapid application of water to the active fire to slow down and control with the potential to stop additional fire spread in structure. Valley Engine 9 confirmed all occupants were out of the structure. The initial aggressive quick attack successfully controlled the fire allowing additional Valley Fire crews to enter the structure on the first floor through the living room and perform a rapid search of the home and check for additional fire spread. The fire was confirmed to have spread interior to the attic space which was actively burning.  The interior fire was quickly contained, and search completed but there was still fire damage to the back of the home extending to the back-porch deck, and into the attic for the length of the structure.  Ladder crews did make access to the roof and using chainsaws cut ventilation holes in the structure to aid in fire control for the interior fire crews with fire hoses.  Red Cross was called to aid the 10 occupants of the home in finding residential options as the home is currently un-occupiable.  The rapid response and quick actions by Spokane Valley Fire Department saved the home from being a total loss and burning up completely.

Response included two Battalion Chiefs (V21 and V22), 1 Safety Officer (V31), 1 Fire Investigator (V46), Valley Ladders 8 & 10, Valley Engines 1, 2, , 7, and 9, 1 PIO (V16) and auto aid from City of Spokane Fire Engine 8 and Quint 11, Spokane County Fire District 8 Engine 84 AMR, and Avista utilities. Fire was controlled quickly by Valley Fire Crews thus all Automatic Aid units were cancelled or released from the scene upon their arrival.

The cause of the fire is under investigation at the time of this press release.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents as we head into Wildfire Season to follow some easy guidelines.  Please do not throw cigarettes out windows while driving or into brush or vegetation.  Do not put cigarettes out in potted plants, landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, mulch, leaves, or easily flammable products.

 

About SVFD
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighter crews which include paramedics and EMT’s, responded to more than 17,487 emergency calls in 2018.

Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International; and has a class 2 WSRB rating as given by the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau (WSRB).  SVFD is one of four accredited departments in the state and the only accredited department with distinction as a WSRB class 2.

For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.

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Did you Know?

 

  • You can sign up for a station tour. Great for small groups.
  • You should replace the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year.
  • Creating a defensible space with regards to wildfires could just save your home or property.

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Commissioner Patrick Burch

Board Member Since: July 18, 2016
Current term expires: December 31, 2025

Commissioner Burch was appointed to the Board of Fire Commissioners in July 2016 to fill an unexpired term and has served continuously since that time. He became a volunteer member of the Department’s CERT Team in 2008 and later served as a team leader/member of Fire Corps.

“I admire the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s focus on continuous improvement. Our dedication to the community, fiscal responsibility and the fact that we are one of the few accredited fire departments in the State of Washington all make SVFD great!”

Note: As the individual appointed to this non-partisan position, Commissioner Burch was elected by voters in November 2017.

Commissioner Mike Kester

Board Member Since: January 1, 2020
Current six year term expires: December 31, 2025

Commissioner Mike Kester was elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners in November, 2019.

Commissioner Kester grew up in the Spokane area and has a deep appreciation for just how fortunate we all are to live in this beautiful area. He believes that being involved in this community is not something to take lightly.

His background includes joining the United States Coast Guard (U.S.C.G) after high school and serving on a port firefighting boat doing search and rescue in Portland, Oregon.  After the Coast Guard, he attended the University of Montana earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Management.  He then went on to work for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, serving in their Parks Department.

Spokane was the next step in his career. He  went to work for the Burlington Santa Fe Railroad and the next 22 years was spent as a conductor moving freight. Commissioner Kester  retired in 2010 after a workplace injury and now,  he and his wife enjoy making meals for World War II Veterans, helping out at the YMCA ,and providing meals for those in need.

“In the 25 years of being a resident of the Spokane Valley the professionalism of the SVFD has inspired me to take an active part in bettering our community. We have one of the best fire departments in the whole Pacific Northwest. My wife and I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I have dedicated my life to keeping them safe.  I want to apply that dedication to our community.  Keeping us all safe is a goal we should all aspire to in one way or another. Communication within the department and with the public is, and always will be one of my primary goals.”

Commissioner John Guarisco

Board Member since: August 27, 2018
Current six year term expires: December 31, 2027

Commissioner Guarisco was appointed to the Board of Fire Commissioners in August 2018 to fill an unexpired term and has served continuously since that time. Commissioner Guarisco founded Marjoni Marketing in 2004 and in 2010 merged with MDI marketing. He then pursued Real Estate, earning his license and now, currently serves the greater Spokane area as a licensed Realtor. He has long been active in the community and has won numerous awards during his career including the Volunteer of the Year (2014) and the Community Caring Award (2010) from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the Greater Spokane Valley Rotary Club and holds an AA degree from Spokane Falls Community College.

Note: As the individual appointed to this non-partisan position, Commissioner Guarisco was elected by voters in November 2019.

Commissioner Bill Anderson

Board Member since: January 1, 2000
Current six year term expires: December 31, 2023

Commissioner Anderson served our community as a Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighter for 29 years. Throughout his career, he worked as a firefighter, dispatcher and engineer before he was promoted and became an officer. He was Station Captain of Millwood Station 2 when he retired in 1999. During his years as firefighter, he was an active leader of Spokane Valley Firefighters Local 876 and served as a trustee on the Washington State Council of Firefighters for 25 years.

“It’s important to me that we continue the good service we’ve always given the people. We’ve accomplished a lot and are pulling in the same direction to get better. I’m very proud of the Spokane Valley Fire Department.”

Commissioner Brian Asmus

Board Member Since: June 14, 2021
Current term expires: 

Commissioner Brian Asmus was appointed to the Spokane Valley Fire Department Board of Fire Commissioners in 2021.

Commissioner Asmus is the former Liberty Lake Police Chief and current Director of Safety and Security at Central Valley School District (CVSD).

“Brian Asmus brings extensive Public Safety leadership experience, and a long history of being actively engaged in his community to his new role as a SVFD Commissioner,” said SVFD Fire Chief, Bryan Collins. “During his time as a Police Chief, Brian interacted with SVFD firefighters and administrators on a regular basis, making him very familiar with our structure, standing within our communities, as well as with many of our current SVFD board members and personnel. Brian’s experience working and collaborating on regional issues aligns nicely with SVFD’s philosophy and will help us continue to be a catalyst for local and regional excellence and innovation.”