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SVFD GIVEN WSRB PROTECTION CLASS 2 RATING FOR QUALITY FIRE SAFETY PRACTICES
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) has been designated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) as a WSRB Protection Class 2 for the entire Fire District. The WSRB completed its evaluation of the fire protection capabilities of the SVFD within the community as they relate to fire insurance rating.
What does this mean?
“This means businesses and residents within our Fire District, located in unincorporated Spokane County, should contact their insurance agents to determine the relative effect the WSRB 2 rating will have on their insurance premiums,” said SVFD Fire Chief Frank Soto Jr. “They should receive a discount because of the safety factors their Fire Department has put in place to earn such a rare high safety rating; however, the reduction will be dependent on their insurance company. People can visit our website or call 509.928.1700 if they have questions about what this means for them.”
A WSRB Protection Class is a score from 1 to 10 that represents the community-provided fire protection capabilities available at a specific property. A Protection Class of 1 indicates exemplary fire protection capabilities are available; a Protection Class of 10 indicates the fire protection capabilities, if any, are not sufficient to receive credit for insurance. Each community in Washington State also has a Protection Class, which is used as a starting point to determine a property’s Protection Class.
“We are beyond proud of this accomplishment,” said SVFD Board of Fire Commissioners Chair, Patrick Burch. “Our goal is to continue to provide our community with the best quality Fire Department in the metro area and bring value to the community we serve.”
WSRB assigns a Protection Class to each property in Washington State based on:
WSRB provides Protection Classes and Loss Costs so you can accurately evaluate risk. The fire protection data helps insurance companies, insurance consumers, and communities. Fire Protection Class ratings are used by insurance companies to help determine fire insurance premiums for properties. The criteria used to produce data are evaluated and approved by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC).
The new Protection Class 2 rating will apply to dwelling and commercial properties located within five road miles of a responding fire station and having standard fire hydrant distribution and water supply. Properties in the community not meeting the above requirements will receive a different Protection Class rating.
About Spokane Valley Fire Department
The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 136,000+ over 75-square miles, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2021, our cross-trained Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics responded to more than 22,400 emergency calls.
Established in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and by SVFD’s Class 2 fire insurance rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau
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. Commissioner Burch is co-owner and Business Manager of Neurotherapy Northwest. 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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”