Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) has a new Apartment Manager Safety class available online.  With increasing calls for smoke and CO Alarms, apartment fires happening on decks, and other safety needs, SVFD developed a program to help apartment managers and employees learn pertinent safety information and skills for apartment living.

“These classes highlight how apartment complexes can be fire safe, which is important for property management, employees, tenants. It is a way for everyone to do their part for fire safety,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal Greg Rogers. “With apartment fires increasing and calls for smoke alarm activation increasing, we hope these classes can make a difference for the safety of those living in apartments throughout our community.”

In an apartment setting, there are several key safety features that are critical to safety for all.

  • keeping smoke and CO alarms in good working condition
  • minimizing fire risk through education on proper cigarette disposal, BBQ use, and safe cooking practices in an apartment setting
  • keeping fire lanes open for emergency vehicles for emergency response

SVFD’s predominant apartment response includes:

  • fires (in which improper cigarette disposal, BBQ use, and cooking fires are main factors)
  • smoke alarm and CO alarm activations
  • Emergency Medical Services (over 80% of calls are for EMS)

Participating organizations will be issued a “Fire Safe” certificate, good for three years.  This certificate can be used to show their commitment to fire safety at their properties.

The program is designed and includes education and reinforcement of fire safety in multi-family dwellings.

The six sessions in the program include:

  • Legal Obligations and Responsibilities
  • CPR, Stop the Bleed, and Falls Prevention
  • Inspection Process and Department Access
  • Fire Safety in the Home
  • Evacuation / Escape Planning
  • Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Interested participants can access the program sign up form at or by contacting Spokane Valley Fire Department’s Prevention Division at 509.928.1700.


About Spokane Valley Fire Department
The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000+ over 75-square miles, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2020, our cross-trained Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics responded to more than 18,700 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

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