For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2020
Community Affairs Manager
Spokane Valley Fire
SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE IS READY FOR WILDLAND FIRE SEASON – ARE YOU?
FOLLOW OUR DAILY SOCIAL MEDIA EDUCATIONAL SERIES TO REDUCE YOUR HOME WILDFIRE RISK THIS SUMMER
May is Wildfire Awareness Month and Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) is ready. Residents can join the SVFD daily to learn how to prepare and protect their home from wildfire.
Throughout the month of May, on Spokane Valley Fire’s Facebook page, tips will be shared on how to recognize and mitigate ignition points around your home and help you learn other ways to reduce your wildfire risk.
“These tips will include fire education, landscaping awareness, and steps you can take around your home to minimize ignition points and create a safe, defensible space,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department, Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers. “This is a great opportunity for homeowners to become better prepared for wildfires by reducing the risk on their property and in their neighborhood.”
Studies show that as many as 80 percent of homes lost to wildland fires may have been saved if brush and yard debris around the homes were cleared and a defensible space created around the structures.
“Many firefighting agencies, like Spokane Valley Fire Department, are presented with new challenges during this pandemic, but we are finding ways to adapt and ensure homeowners have the information they need to be wildfire ready, including creating defensible space around homes and outbuildings,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “This social media educational series will be a great way to involve the family to learn how to create defensible space and recognize the risks around their property before the height of wildfire season hits us.”
Friday, May 1, join SVFD Assistant Fire Marshal, Brett Anderson and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fire Prevention and Firewise Coordinator Guy Gifford for a Facebook Live Lunch and learn, looking at Wildfire Protection around your home.
WHEN Friday, May 1
TIME 12:00 p.m.
WHERE Spokane Valley Fire Facebook page, live
Then, follow us each day during the month of May at 12 p.m. on Facebook to find tips on how to get your home ready and protected against Wildfire Season.
About Spokane Valley Fire Department
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas within the 75-square miles of Spokane County Fire District 1. In 2019, SVFD firefighter crews, including its paramedics and EMTs, responded to more than 18,326 emergency calls.
Established eighty years ago in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and by the fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.
Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.