SVFD has hired 14 new Firefighters to the SVFD Team.  Recruit training began Tuesday, September 3 at the Fire Training Center and will run for 15 weeks.

Ben Reece is one of our new recruits that aren’t so new anymore!  Training is nearing completion!  Currently we are in week 12!

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Ben has a Bachelor’s of Education in Sports Management from Gonzaga University.  He spent two years volunteering for the Spokane County Fire District 4.  He also worked two years for the Tumwater Fire Department as a Firefighter, EMT, and Engineer.  He has fire service training and certifications in:

  • FF I
  • FF II
  • Hazmat Ops and Awareness
  • Washington State EMT
  • Wildland FF2
  • EVIP

He definitely is qualified to be a Firefighter at the SVFD and brings a lot of talent to the table.


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Ben also is a Level 1 CrossFit Instructor and has developed physical activity programs for special needs children.  This makes him one of the coolest Firefighters at the SVFD.

He has other talents as well. Ben also rowed for the Gonzaga University Crew Team for 2 years (NCAA, D.1).  And, like all of our recruits, he loves to be outside.  He enjoys hiking with his family and his dog.

This week Ben will be testing for his FFII Practical, taking the IFSAC Firefighter II written exam and IFSAC Firefighter II Practical Exam.

We send Ben good vibes this week and wish him great success on the remainder on these exams and with the rest training.

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All recruits will have to pass multiple exams throughout the training on skills learned.  After graduation, crews will be rotated through different station assignments and will be on probation for 1 year.

Welcome Ben!  We wish you a very successful academy.

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