Welcome to Spokane County Fire District 8
Seventy years ago, a group of concerned citizens met in a small home in the Glenrose community and formed Spokane County Fire District 8. After lengthy deliberation, the group agreed upon the type of fire protection they wanted for their community, elected its first fire commissioners, and purchased its first fire engine. As we celebrate 70 years of service we realize a lot has changed since 1947, but the direction and support of our citizens in our growing community remains essential to our delivery of effective and efficient fire and medical services.
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.
SCFD 8 Receives Management Excellence Award
For the second year in a row, Spokane County Fire District 8 is honored to receive the 1st Place Management Excellence Award (MEA) presented by the Washington Fire Commissioners Association during their fall conference in Spokane.
WFCA designed the Management Excellence Program to provide recognition to fire districts and regional fire authorities for their outstanding leadership, innovative ideas, and progressive achievements. SCFD8 participated against fire departments with budgets greater than $4,000,000, and received first place in Washington State. The MEA is based on multiple criteria including governance, administrative and operational management, public services, public education, financial management, and leadership. All award recipients are chosen by members of an independent selection committee who conduct a review and comparison of criteria for similarly sized fire organizations in the state of Washington.
Fire Chief Tony Nielsen said, “We are very honored to be recognized with this award. Thanks to the support of our citizens, Spokane County Fire District 8 was able to make significant strides in improving service and member wellness in the past year, so this award just reinforces my belief that we have a great organization providing exceptional emergency services and value to south Spokane County”.
Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic Recruitment
Spokane County Fire District 8 is currently recruiting for Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic candidates to fill two immediate openings.
Application packets must be received at Station 82, 12100 E Palouse Hwy, Suite 345 / PO Box 345, Valleyford, WA by 4:00 pm, on Friday, December 22, 2017. Panel interviews and Paramedic Assessments will be conducted on Monday, January 8, 2018 and Tuesday, January 9, 2018; Fire Chief interviews are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Estimated start date for successful candidates is Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
EMS Award Winners
Spokane County EMS & Trauma Care Council presented Spokane County Fire District 8 with the 2016 EMS Agency award.
In addition to the agency award, several District 8 members received individual awards:: MSO Tom Chavez, ALS Responder; Division Chief Chris Wyrobek, Safety; Firefighter Doug Archer, Outstanding Lifetime Service; and, Dr. Mike Metcalf, Outstanding Lifetime Service.
Fire Chief Tony Nielsen said, "I am very proud to see our agency so well represented, and more importantly, to the see the great work of our folks recognized".