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Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner Position No. 5

6-year term; No salary. A Fire District is responsible for fire response and containment and for emergency medical services. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional fire chief and fire district personnel. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any fire levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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    William A "Bill" Anderson (NP) Retired Firefighter

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    Larry T. Rider (NP) Firefighter/Administrator Retired

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Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing your fire district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

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Phone (509) 924-8426
Town where you live Spokane, WA.
Experience (300 characters max) I stated with the Spokane valley Fire Department in 1970. I've worked every line position for 28.5 years. Been on the Fire Commission for 18 years. I hold an A.A. degree in Fire Science, as well as in Criminal Justice and Arson Investigation. I Also hold a B.A. degree in General Studies.
So that I may bring Firefighter's experience with Department History to the Commission.
1. Rapid growth in the Spokane Valley. 2. Continued funding for the Department (passage of special levy's). 3. Providing excellent service to all our stakeholders, including our citizens and our staff.
As for any public entity funding dictates the ability to provide service. The Spokane Valley Fire Department is one of only a handful of accredited Departments recognized by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) . As well as only 5 Fire Departments In Washington State certified as a class 2 by the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB). This lowers Insurance premiums for Businesses and property owners in our jurisdiction. Since we are funded by special levy, our constituents can vote for the level of service they prefer. Thanks to our line Firefighters and Administrative staff we enjoy terrific support from our constituents.
Knowing the history of this Department as it grew from a small Department to a large Municipal Department , as well as experience as line Firefighter for 28.5 years. Additionally I have also served 18 years on the Fire Commission Board.
Phone (509) 342-1632
Town where you live Spokane Valley
Experience (300 characters max) I worked for SVFD for 35 years; the last 14 were as Deputy Fire Chief. I am a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program and have a Fire Command and Administration Degree. I have experience working with the Labor Organizations, Civil Service, local governments, LEPC and much more.
I have been passionate about and a supporter of the fire service most of my life. I worked for the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) for 35 years, the last 14 as its Deputy Fire Chief and I retired in 2015. I have watched the department succeed on many levels since then but I also have many concerns about increased expenditures, diminishing community engagement and the respect shown to its personnel that is degrading department morale. I felt it was time to make some changes on the Board so I am running to bring a different perspective and make it a better department.
1. Fiscal Conservatism - When SVFD spends the citizen’s money, it needs to be fiscally responsible and conservative. It has to maintain the trust of those citizens as they look at what is purchased and how their money is spent. Currently I feel some of the expenditures have been very high and I already hear that the future budget projections are not good. 2. Morale - The fire service is the men and women that work in it. They are the personnel that come to your home when you are sick, they risk injury at the emergency scenes, they save property in your businesses. I feel that they should be respected and heard within their organization. Currently at SVFD a great deal of work and change is needed in this area. 3. Community Engagement - SVFD serves three cities and part of Spokane County. The department needs to be recognized by and participate with those communities. Currently I feel our involvement is too low. As a service organization they need to understand the issues.
1. Fiscal Conservatism - Trust is one of the most important issues in the Fire Service. It is what allows you the confidence to give the Firefighter entry into your home and allow them to assist you in your time of need. It also is required when the department is spending your tax dollars. We must trust that the department will be spending our dollars wisely and that they will provide a sustainable emergency service for our families and communities protection. I am running for SVFD Fire Commissioner because I see costs going up and large purchases without the necessary long range planning to keep the services sustainable.
I bring a lifetime of fire service experience and education with me. I have lived in the department’s service area all my life so I know the Spokane Valley and its history well. I am a son, husband, father and a grandfather of 7 so I work hard to understand the needs of all ages as we try and provide relevant services. I am a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, have a Fire Command and Administration Degree, 23 years on the Local Emergency Planning Committee, 3 years work on the Washington State Fire Defense Board and 10 years on the Spokane Community College Fire Science Advisory Committee. I have held most of the positions at SVFD and have experience working with the Labor Organizations, Civil Service and the local governments SVFD serves. Most of all I care about what the department does to help its citizens and I will work hard to make those outcomes positive. logo


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