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SVFD MAKES CONTINGENT OFFER TO POTENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR FIRE CHIEF
A new Fire Chief has been selected for the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD). Last fall, Chief Bryan Collins announced his retirement for a March 1, 2022, retirement date.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department Board of Fire Commissioners has made a contingent offer to SVFD Deputy Chief Frank Soto Jr. to be the next Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Chief pending contract approval by members of the SVFD Board of Fire Commissioners
“Chief Soto Jr. has been a valuable addition to the SVFD team since his arrival last year,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Chief, Bryan Collins. “I have great confidence in his ability to continue to lead this agency in the years to come and to build upon the many relationships and successes within the department and our communities that are critical to future success.”
Seventeen applicants applied for the Fire Chief position. After a rigorous review process by representatives of the Board of Fire Commissioners, three finalists were selected to move forward. The final interview process included 3 panels comprised of:
- SVFD Board of Fire Commissioners
- Labor Unions including Local 876, Local 3701 and IAM 751
- Community leaders from the SVFD Fire District
“We are grateful so many qualified applicants were interested in this position,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Commissioner Chair, Patrick Burch. “It is a testament to the quality-of-service SVFD provides every day. Chief Frank Soto Jr. will be instrumental in continuing this tradition of excellence and service to our community.”
Approval is set for the next regularly scheduled SVFD Fire Board of Commissioners meeting.
WHEN Monday, January 24
WHERE Watch Live via Facebook, YouTube, or at Spokanevalleyfire.com
(Due to Covid, all SVFD Board of Fire Commissioner meetings are virtual until further notice.)
TIME 4 p.m.
- Julie Happy