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Rob Proctor Promoted to Battalion Chief
SVFD 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.
- Julie Happy