Spokane Valley Fire is nationally known for their PIT Crew CPR practices that yield above average cardiac arrest survival rates.

SFVD uses the Utstein Formula of Survival (witnessed by bystander and found in a shockable rhythm) to measure their Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates. The National Average for survival based on this standard is 33.3%. Washington State has an average of 42.1%. SVFD’s average is higher than the state average at 42.9%!

Graphic of Utstein Formula Of Survival










These percentages increase when we also incorporate bystander or citizen help and intervention (CPR or AED). Based on the Utstein bystander survival (witnessed by bystander, found in shockable rhythm AND received some bystander intervention {CPR or AED}).

Those numbers look like this:

  • National – 37.3%
  • Washington State – 47.5%
  • SVFD – 75%

Today, the SVFD Firefighters/Paramedics demonstrated their commitment to saving lives by investing more time in learning additional techniques in Resuscitation and Cardiac Arrest. Zoll EMS and Fire sponsored a Resuscitation and Cardiac Arrest Symposium for increasing survival rates held at the CenterPlace Event Center.

Some of the speakers at today’s event boast an 86 percent average!

The event has several National level speakers including:

  • Physiology of High Performance CPR
    Joe Holley, EMS Medical Director, State of Tennessee
  • Unlearning What We Know About Cardiac Arrest
    Chief Joe Powell, Rialto Fire Department
  • EMS, Fire, and Community Buy In for Resuscitation
    Chief Zane Gibson, Orting Valley Fire Rescue
  • Investing in Your Resuscitation Future
    Battalion Chief James Hempstead, Richland Fire and Emergency Services

We are very proud of our SVFD Firefighters and their commitment to giving the best quality care they can for their community. 

About SVFD
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, City of Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 17,280 emergency calls in 2017. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, one of only a handful in Washington State.


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