2014 Spring Summer Newsletter 1Have 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.

FireStat_LogoHow 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 Outdoor Burning Brochure_Page_01Spokane 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.

Spokane County Fire District 8 provides a full range of services including fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention and investigation, and associated support and maintenance services to 20,206 citizens in a 110 square mile area in south Spokane County. SCFD8 responded to 1,675 incidents in 2013 from four strategically located stations. Each station is staffed twenty-four hours a day with a combination of career, temporary hourly, resident, and volunteer personnel.

Spokane County Fire District 8 operates under the State of Washington laws and codes that govern fire departments and is under the direction of a three person Board of Fire Commissioners.

IAFF 3711SCFD8′s Full-time Firefighters, Firefighter Paramedics, and Firefighter Maintenance Technician are represented by IAFF Local 3711 

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.