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Recruits Graduate

SCFD8's newest full-time members, Robert Kaiser, Alek Holmstrom, Ethan Dreves, and Brian Jamieson recently graduated from a 12-week recruit academy program in North Bend. During the academy the recruits completed comprehensive training in all aspects of basic firefighting to meet Washington State certifications and Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Mazardous Materials Awareness/Operations.

Pictured left to right: Commissioner Lee Boling, Fire Chief Lonnie Rash, Robert Kaiser, Alek Holmstrom, Ethan Dreves, and Brian Jaimeson, and recruit academy instructor, Brad Mertens.

Great Job & Congratulations!

 

Fire Danger Burn Restrictions

Effective July 22nd, and until further notice, outdoor and open burning, and recreational fires in Spokane County are restricted.

All recreational outdoor fire without a chimney, such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped firewood or charcoal, is not allowed.

Manufactured portable outdoor devices such as chimineas, barbeques, and patio warmers that are used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions are allowed. Designated campfires in parks and campgrounds may be allowed as approved and determined by agencies with jurisdiction.

For a list of what type of devices are allowed and what types are restricted read this Notice from Spokane County.

 

Fire Prevention Week 2022

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week. During the week of October 9th, firefighters will provide lifesaving public education to children, adults, and teachers in an effort to drastically decrease fire fatalities. Today's homes burn faster than ever before. From the time a smoke alarm first sounds you may have as little as two minutes or less to safely escape a home fire.

With this year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape." firefighters will share a message on simple but important actions you can take to keep yourself and those around you safe from home fires. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Draw a floor plan and mark two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

Visit www.nfpa.org to learn more steps you can take to protect your family and your home from fire.

Be like Sparky and remember - Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape!

Burn Restrictions are in Effect

Effective July 1, 2022, and until further notice, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has directed that all debris burning on DNR protected land is prohibited. This includes rule burning and permit burning. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only.

For the most current information on burning in your area, visit www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions.

BoFC Meeting Notice

The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 6:00 pm. at Station 82, 12100 E Palouse Hwy; and, electronically on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3712607781. Meeting ID: 371 260 7781

Board of Fire Commissioners meeting agendas and minutes

 

EMS Awards Presented

Spokane County Fire District is honored to have been selected by the Spokane County EMS & Trauma Care Council as the 2021 EMS Agency of the Year.

SCFD8's Medical Services Officer, Tom Chavez, along with Spokane Fire Department's Mike Lopez and Kasey Austin were recipients of the EMS Hero awards, and Dr. Michael Metcalf was recognized for his years of dedicated service as SCFD8's Physician Advisor.

Great Work & Thank You for your service to our community!

 

Wildfire Preparedness

There are steps you can take now to prepare your home from wildire. https://wildfirerisk.org/reduce-risk/home-ignition-zone/

What are the primary threats to homes during a wildfire?

Research around home destruction versus home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects.
There are methods for homeowners to prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize the likelihood of flames or surface fire touching the home or any attachments. Experiments, models and post-fire studies have shown homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200’ from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ).

Learn more about how wildfires spread and ignite home in our online course Understanding the Wildfire Threat to Homes. An overview of fire history, fire basics, and how homes burn.

Click on this link for more information on protecting your property.
https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Firewise-USA/Online-learning-opportunities/Understanding-the-Wildfire-Threat-to-Homes

Please contact Spokane County Fire District 8 at (509) 926-6699 or email us at admin@scfd8.org if you have questions on protecting your home from wildfires.


Community Engagement

Fire Chief Lonnie Rash and Division Chief Marty Long were featured speakers at the Glenrose Association 's annual meeting in April. The Chiefs shared messages about how the fire district is meeting the continuing growth needs in the area, and what homeowners can do to protect their family and property from wildfire during the spring and summer fire season.

If you would like a visit from District 8 at your community event, please contact us at admin@scfd8.org or phone 509-926-6699.

 

Welcome to SCFD8 Pierce!

Spokane County Fire District 8 is honored and proud to introduce our new therapy dog, Pierce, to our community. Pierce’s handler and owner is SCFD 8’s own Chaplain Aaron McNally.  Chaplain McNally is training Pierce to become a first responder therapy dog. When asked why he wanted to incorporate a therapy dog program into the chaplain program at SCFD8 Chaplain NcNally said:

“In 2017, two of my children experienced a traumatic incident.  In the following weeks as they returned to school a therapy dog was present to provide comfort and emotional support. The Therapy K9 Handler shared how successful the dogs are providing comfort and emotional support to those who have experienced traumatic events.  As I walked away from that conversation I thought this would be a great opportunity for first responders.  So, over the last four years and doing extensive research, I found an agency called First Responder Therapy Dogs, located in Santa Rosa, California.  As I continued the research I made an inquiry with a local dog breeder.  The breeder, after hearing about my research for a therapy dog, made a generous donation to this program by donating Pierce.  Pierce was born in July of 2021 and we acquired him in August.  Pierce is a second generation miniature golden-doodle.

In October, the Therapy Dog program was presented, approved and funded by SCFD8.  Pierce started training in December for basic obedience as well as therapy. He is on track to complete training in the Spring of 2022 and start two certifications in July.

The goal is to have Pierce certified with First Responder Therapy Dogs and in service by August.  He will be available and accompany me as I visit firefighters and respond to chaplain calls.”

We wish Aaron and Pierce good luck with their training and looking forward to the day Pierce is out in the field helping first responders through difficult situations or events.

 

 

Burn Awareness

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires.

To learn what you can do to help protect your home and family from a kitchen fire visit ameriburn.org

 

 

Chaplain NcNally - Here for Us All!

Emergency situations are often times stressful for all of those involved, and that is one of the many reasons we are thankful to have Chaplain Aaron McNally by our side.

Chaplain McNally provides on-scene, non-denominational support in an effort to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our citizens, as well as District 8 personnel and their families. He also serves as a liaison between those is a crisis situation and resources that are available to help them.

We are proud to share this article with you. Thank You Chaplain McNally!

 

ALERT Spokane

ALERT Spokane is the program behind the public alert and warning messages that are disseminated throughout the greater Spokane area. The mass notification system called CodeRED, can distribute emergency notifications via landline, cellular phone and/or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones. It can also notify via text, TTD, TTY and email. You may receive an alert message if emergency response personnel need to notify specific areas about high-risk situations. Register for ALERT Spokane today at https://www.spokanecounty.org/3007/Alert-Spokane.

 

Occupant Load Calculator

As we all move forward re-opening our community in phases you may find this Occupant Load Calculator created by Fire Inspection 360 beneficial to your business. Simply enter the Function of your business, along with the Length & Width of the space and the calculator willl determine what your Occupancy Load is at 25%, 50%, and 100%.

 

Save a Life with PulsePoint

Did you know your smartphone can help you save a life? PulsePoint, a free smartphone App in Spokane County, 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 on 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

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/

 

Do You Have Working Smoke Alarms?

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke alarms are essential to home fire safety and should be properly maintained. To promote fire safety in your home, remember to:

Put smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including every bedroom and the hallway outside of each sleeping area;

• Test smoke alarms monthly;
• Change the smoke alarm battery at least once per year;
• Replace smoke alarms that are more than ten years old; and
• Develop a home fire escape plan so that everyone knows two ways out and knows a safe place to meet. Practice your plan twice per year.

 To learn more about fire escape planning, check out this USFA public service announcement.

 

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