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 19,900 citizens in a 110 square mile area in south Spokane County. SCFD8 members responded to 2,060 incidents in 2014 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, and Chuck Vyverberg, Chair.
Are you prepared for winter?
Brrr! Cooler temperatures are setting in, which means winter is on its way. Before winter weather hits your area, talk with your family about how to stay safe and take action to get prepared! Planning and preparing can help you manage the impact of severe winter weather.
The How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guide from America’s PrepareAthon! outlines steps you can take now, including:
• Gather emergency supplies;
• Make a family emergency communications plan;
• Install battery-powered or battery backup carbon monoxide detectors;
• If you have access to an outside generator, have an electric cord long enough to keep the generator at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent;
• NEVER use a generator inside your home or in any partially enclosed area; and
• Be alert to changing weather conditions using local alerts, battery-operated radios, and other news sources for information and instruction.
As we move indoors for the colder months there is so much to read in our Fall/Winter newsletter. You will find tips on carbon monoxide safety, where to install smoke alarms in your house, home heating appliance safety, and how to sign up for a free CPR class. Find out about these important safety matters and more.
Read the on-line edition of the Fire 8 Flyer and watch for a copy in your mailbox this month.
ALERT Spokane: Spokane County's Emergency Notification System
How will you be notified if there’s an emergency in your neighborhood? Through ALERT Spokane – a Spokane County emergency notification system! ALERT Spokane has been in operation since 2010, and is used to inform citizens about emergencies in their area. The ALERT Spokane system can be activated by law enforcement, fire service, and water districts, etc. Once activated, a recorded message is sent to landline telephones with information about the emergency and what actions to take. For example, if there’s a wildfire in your area, you might be told to evacuate, or you might receive a boil order from your drinking water provider.
It’s important to know that the recorded message will be sent to landline telephones in the affected area. If you rely on a cell phone or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone, you will not receive an emergency message from ALERT Spokane – unless you register your cell phone in the system. Even if you have a landline telephone, it’s a good idea to register your cell phone with ALERT Spokane.
In the interest of public safety, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners is urging the public to register their cell phones, VoIP phones, and email addresses with ALERT Spokane. It’s easy to do. Just go to www.alertspokane.org and enter you information. You can register more than one cell phone number and also request email notification.
Stay informed – stay safe – register with ALERT Spokane!
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 icon link on the this page to track our progress.
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.