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MEET SVFD NEW FIREFIGHTER, BLAKE BAXTER
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.
Blake Baxter is one of our new recruits!
Blake served in the Army on Active Duty. He was a Combat Engineer for 3 years and then served in the reserves for an additional 2 years. Thank you Blake for your service!
Blake is trained as an EMT, has Wildland Fire Certification, and is a skilled carpenter. He enjoys hunting, fishing, long range shooting, and reloading. His talents in Barbecuing will make him a welcome addition to one of the Fire Crews.
We have caught him training on a variety of skills including:
- Live Fire Training
- Confidence Burn
- Fitness Challenge
- Ground Ladders
- Ropes & Loss Control
- And of course, that big 1500 page manual
All recruits will have to pass 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.
We welcome Blake and wish him a very successful academy!
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, City of Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 17,280 emergency calls in 2017. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, one of only a handful in Washington State.
For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.
- Julie Happy