On April 17th, 16 new SVFD recruits began EMT School. They will participate in 6 weeks of class, learning the ins-and-outs of EMS and then proceed...
Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Pose a Fire Risk?
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are in widespread use in consumer electronics. Lithium batteries have become the industry standard for rechargeable...
2023 Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week
Each year, starting with the Martin Luther King holiday, fire departments around the nation support a weeklong campaign to educate communities about...
Medic 7 Launched to Provide Emergency Medical Services
On April 3, Spokane Valley Fire Department launched Medic 7, a single emergency medical services (EMS) unit to respond to lower severity medical calls. The unit will operate for a six-month trial period.
Since 2013, calls for service have increased 26 percent with over 80 percent of those responses to medical emergencies. Lower severity medical calls comprise about 53 percent of medical emergencies during peak activity.
Among the long list of objectives during the trial period, Medic 7 aims to deliver efficient and effective medical services to the greater Spokane Valley community while reducing the wear and tear on the Department’s fire engines and ladder trucks.
Medic 7 will:
- Respond primarily to lower severity medical calls such as falls, headaches, abdominal pain, etc.
- Run a two-person crew consisting of one Paramedic and one Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Be Located at Evergreen Station 7 (1121 S. Evergreen) to serve the area in the fire district with the highest number of calls for service
- Operate during peak activity hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 8 pm
During the trial period, Medic 7 is responding to calls in a 2008 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4×4. The truck was already in the Department’s fleet and was formerly used as a tow vehicle. Medic 7 is now repurposed and fully equipped for emergency medical response.
Known in the industry as an Alternative Response Unit (ARU) program, data will be collected and analyzed during the Medic 7 trial period, which runs through September 2017.
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.
- We have Friends & Family CPR classes every month.
- Julie Happy