SVFD RESPONDS TO MANY TYPES OF FIRES
The Fire Service was created (primarily) to fight fires. Since then our mission has expanded into many other areas but at our core we fight fires. Today, these activities are referred to as “Fire Suppression” activities.
Fire suppression involves preparing for, responding to, and engaging in tasks necessary to control and extinguish fires. SVFD responds to many different types of fires:
SVFD FRONT LINE APPARATUS
The front line fire apparatus at SVFD consists of nine (9) Engine Companies and two (2) Ladder Companies.
The crews are highly trained and conducting multi-company fire suppression drills throughout the year. Crews are assigned to a specific apparatus and station. This enables crews to focus on the structures in their area so that potential suppression activities will be much more effective.
When a fire is reported, the number and type of apparatus/crews dispatched is dependent on the type and size of the fire. For example, a residential house fire response will include the following:
- 4 Engines (4) Engine Companies (12 Fire Fighters)
- One (1) Ladder Company (4 Fire Fighters)
- Two (2) Command Apparatus (2 Battalion Chiefs)
- One (1) Safety Officer
Larger Structure Fires will get additional Apparatus and Crews. Brush Fires are categorized into Low, Moderate, and High response levels.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department has agreements with neighboring Fire Departments to provide service across district boundaries. This provides for the closest appropriate apparatus and crew to respond to a given incident. For example, a house fire in the vicinity of 32n Ave. and Sullivan Rd. would include apparatus from Spokane County Fire District #8.