Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) with concern for both citizens and employees, is suspending all SVFD scheduled events for March including community CPR and Stop the Bleed training programs, station tours, smoke alarm installations, fire extinguisher classes, Community Risk Reduction (CRR) public education programs, and public events.
“We are limiting our risk in a proactive approach so that we are healthy and available should a regional health need arise,” said Chief Bryan Collins. “We have spent the last few weeks working on our Emergency Management Contingency Plans and are prepared to meet the service needs of the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s citizenry should the Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact our area.”
We are working daily with regional state and local partners to provide consistent and accurate information in order to maintain a quality level of service for the public and SVFD employees.
We are prepared with additional response apparatus if necessary and an Operational Plan that has the ability to be implemented in phases depending on the level of need.
As part of a Social Distance Plan to keep Firefighters and citizens safe and healthy, the SVFD asks that if you have an emergency you call 911 and at this time, if possible, limit visiting fire stations throughout the Fire District unless necessary.
Should Firefighters receive a 911 call to respond to someone exhibiting flu-like symptoms, citizens could potentially see Firefighters arriving wearing protective gear (photo attached) that includes protective goggles, a mask, gloves, and a gown covering their clothing.
SVFD fire stations are not providing masks, gloves, or hand sanitizer to the public at this time. Questions about COVID-19 should continue to be directed to the Washington State Department of Health at 1.800.525.0127 and then press # or by visiting the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/