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Oct 1, 2021


“Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” is the national campaign theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, supported by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This year’s theme strives to educate everyone about the important sounds smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms make. Knowing the difference and when you must act quickly can save you, your family, and your home.


A continued set of three loud BEEPS – BEEP, BEEP, BEEP – means there is smoke or fire. It’s time to get out of your house, call 9-1-1, and stay out!


A continuous set of four loud BEEPS – BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP – means that carbon monoxide is in your house. It’s time to get out of your house, call 9-1-1, and stay out!


If your alarms “chirp”, a short sound, it means that it’s time to replace the battery or it’s time to replace the entire unit. Check the back of the unit or the user guide to learn what the different chirps mean. If the alarm continues to chirp even with a new battery, replace the entire unit. All alarms must be replaced after 10 years. You can check the back of the unit to read when your alarm was manufactured. If you don’t know how old your unit is, replace it!

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for each other.

Install and maintain working smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Working smoke alarms save lives.  They alert you to the danger of smoke and fire. You may have only two minutes to escape safely.

Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that comes from burning fossil fuels, like propane, wood, gasoline, etc. It displaces oxygen in your body, like your brain, and can be fatal.

It’s important that every member of your family knows the difference sounds that your alarms make and how to respond. Plan and practice your escape plan. Designate a safe meeting place away from your home.

If you have questions, contact Spokane Valley Fire Department at 509-928-1700, or visit our website at


Area Mayor’s within the Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire District proclaimed the week of October 3 – 9, 2021, as Fire Prevention Week.  Mayors signed proclamations at the City Council meetings held during the month of September, 2021.

The goal of Fire Prevention Month (and the week of October 3 – 9) is to raise fire safety awareness, and help ensure workplaces, homes and families have a fire safety plan. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October “Fire Prevention Week” in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. This historic in 1871 helped develop current Fire Prevention Practices utilized today.

During  the month of October, fire departments nationwide provide education to their communities, and encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire safety as part of their whole home safety plan. Fire Prevention helps to move citizens away from “when it comes to house fires, it won’t happen to you” and into preparedness.   Unpreparedness can be deadly.

“It is important to take necessary steps to help protect homes in case of a fire emergency,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers.  “Installation of in-home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and having fire extinguishers checked and ready in critical areas of the home is one key fire safety measure that can save a life and a home.”

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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  • Julie Happy
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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.”