Welcome to Spokane County Fire District 8
Spokane County Fire District 8 provides a full range of services that include fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, education and investigation, and associated support and maintenance services to our 20,206 citizens in a 110 square mile area in south Spokane County. SCFD8 members responded to 1,675 incidents in 2013 from the District's four fire stations located in the Moran, Valleyford, Ponderosa, and Saltese areas. Each station is staffed twenty-four hours a day with a combination of career, part-time, and volunteer and resident volunteer personnel.
Spokane County Fire District 8 operates under the State of Washington laws and codes governing fire departments by direction of a three-person Board of Fire Commissioners: Andy Rorie; Lee Boling, Chair; and Chuck Vyverberg.
The Department of Natural Resources has issued a burn ban effective July 1 through September 30, 2014, on all forest lands under DNR jurisdiction. All outdoor burning is banned with the exception of recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds. The use of gas and propane barbeques and self-contained stoves is allowed. The fire danger in Spokane County is listed as ‘High‘. Daily updates on burn restrictions are available by phoning DNR at 1-800-323-BURN or at www.dnr.wa.gov.
Effective July 17, 2014, outdoor recreational fire restrictions take effect within the unincorporated areas of Spokane County. The Cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley are expected to issue similar restrictions in a coordinated effort as fire hazard conditions worsen in the region. Governor Inslee has issued emergency burn restrictions in twenty (20) eastern Washington counties as a result of recent fire events.At this time citizens may still use manufactured portable outdoor fireplaces, barbecues, patio warmers, and other devices as depicted in this Burn Notice from Spokane County, however campfire pits or other open burning is prohibited. Questions regarding the burning restrictions or acceptable devices may be directed to Spokane County Building and Planning: (509) 477-3675. Spokane County Official Burn Restriction Notification
Have you downloaded the new PulsePoint App? You may help save a life. Can we find you? Is your address visible? Every minute counts in an emergency. Is your home surrounded by defensible space? It could save your home and property in the event of a catastrophic wildfire. Read the full articles on these topics and more in the FIRE 8 FLYER 2014 Spring Summer Newsletter.
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The Spokane County Combined Communications Center and Fire Departments in Spokane County are proud to announce the arrival of the PulsePoint, a free smartphone App in Spokane County.
Now your smartphone can help you save a life. PulsePoint enables subscribers who are CPR trained to be alerted to a sudden cardiac arrest at the same time emergency responders are notified. Registered users will be notified when a sudden cardiac arrest has occurred in a public place within their vicinity. PulsePoint will give the citizen responder mapping directions, notify them of any automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in the area, and provide radio traffic of the emergency responders. Early CPR is the key if a sudden cardiac arrest victim is to survive. When a person goes into sudden cardiac arrest, their heart, brain, and other vital organs no longer receive oxygen. Researchers have found that without early CPR within the first 3 to 5 minutes, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival are dramatically reduced. The free PulsePoint app can be found in the Apple App Store or PulsePointon Google Play.
Learn how you can help save a life with this message from SCFD8 Fire Chief Tony Nielsen and Spokane County Medical Program Director, Dr. James Nania: PulsePoint Video
Find the app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
- Install the app.
- Choose agency and alert options.
- Learn about other features.
You only need to be willing to do “Hands-Only” CPR. According to the American Heart Association, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR in the first minutes of sudden cardiac arrest. Subscribers can also view active fire and emergency medical incidents and monitor emergency radio traffic. http://pulsepoint.org/
How do we know if we are being successful in implementing performance measures, the strategic plan, and delivering effective and efficient services? FireStat is a process that requires review of performance measures and strategic plan projects. It will provide an opportunity for us to assess progress on strategic projects and if necessary, redirect our efforts. Look for the FireStat link on the this homepage to track our progress.
Spokane County Outdoor Burning Regulations
Burning responsibly is the best way to prevent unwanted wildfires and thousands of dollars in suppression costs. Escaped debris burns are a leading cause of wildfires in the state of Washington.
Burning to dispose of natural vegetation from improved residential property is not an option in most areas of Spokane County. Find out what Spokane County Outdoor Burning Regulations are in your area.
Customer Satisfaction Survey:
We are constantly seeking ways to improve our service to our customers. If SCFD8 has responded to an emergency for you or a family member, please take a few minutes to complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey. We welcome your feedback and comments.