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Rob Proctor Promoted to Battalion Chief

Aug 8, 2017

Battalion Chief Rob ProctorSVFD Congratulates New Battalion Chief Rob Proctor

Today marks the first day on the job for Spokane Valley Fire Department’s newest Shift Battalion Chief (BC), Rob Proctor. BC Proctor was promoted on August 3 and has been assigned to B Shift, 2nd Battalion as Valley 22, effective August 8, 2017.

In his new role, BC Proctor will supervise the B shift crews working in the five 2nd Battalion fire stations: Liberty Lake Station #3, Otis Orchards Station #4, Sullivan Station #5, Evergreen Station #7 and Greenacres Station #10. He will also manage the SVFD Special Operations team as part of his new role in the organization.

“During the interview process, Rob demonstrated his understanding of the Battalion Chief’s position and the many responsibilities that come with being a Chief Officer in today’s fire service,” said Deputy Chief Tim O’Brien. “He also did an excellent job of highlighting his skills and the many contributions he has made to the Spokane Valley Fire Department over the course of his career.”

Rob Proctor joined the Spokane Valley Fire Department in September 1992. Over the past 24+ years, he has served as a Firefighter, Alarm Operator, Fire Equipment Operator (Engineer/Driver), Training Officer and Captain. He is a founding member of the SVFD Honor Guard and serves as the current Pipe Major for the Department’s Pipe & Drum Corps. Proctor has also served as a member of the Technical Rescue/Special Operations team for 24 years, including about 10 years as the trench rescue team lead.

“My Special Operations experience provides me with a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding,” Proctor said. “This means I will be able to more easily understand and justify the team’s training and equipment needs, and serve as an advocate to support their focus on continuous improvement.”

SVFD’s 27-member Special Operations team responds to the occasional emergencies that exceed the skills and tools that are normally reserved for firefighting, medical emergencies and rescues. The team has advanced, technician-level training to quickly respond to save lives. The team performs water rescue and technical rescue, which includes confined space rescue, high/low (rope) angle rescue and trench rescue.

BC Proctor is a long-term member of the Department’s Apparatus Committee, Truck Cadre and has served as the Facilities Manager of Pinecroft Station #8 for about nine years.

“Managing a multi-company house like Station 8 [home to Rescue 8 and Ladder 8] provided me with the opportunity to develop personnel and communication skills to take care of problems quickly,” Proctor smiled. “It also helped me develop my leadership skills to lead by example and allow crew members the latitude to show the skills they have and support their ideas to fruition.”

He is looking forward to continuing to grow as a leader, being a clear and active communicator, and nurturing the good ideas of his Battalion and Special Operations team.

Rob Proctor was born and raised in the Spokane area. He graduated from Deer Park High School and served in the Air Force as a Fire Protection Specialist before he joined the Spokane Valley Fire Department. He is married with two grown daughters and three grandchildren. When not at work, Proctor enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, reading and spending time at the family cabin on Deer Lake.

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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.”