South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue is an organization of community volunteers who operate under the Leadership of a professional fire chief. We strive to perform our assigned duties with pride and professionalism by acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to protect our community county, and country.
SPOFR A VERY BUSY 2017: The great men and women of South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue (SPOFR) just finished 2017 with their busiest year ever. SPOFR ran 550 calls for service. That is up 126 calls from 2016. The majority of the calls SPOFR responds to are Emergency Medical Service (EMS) calls, which are for people with chest pain, breathing problems, injuries, and motor vehicle accidents, etc. In 2017 SPOFR responded to 438 EMS calls, and that was about 80% of our call volume. SPOFR also responded to 71 fire calls, which include grass, car, house and other types of fires making up about 13% of the calls. The remaining calls were false alarms, service calls, and hazardous condition calls. During the year 18% of the time or 99 times, SPOFR responded to and handled multiple calls at the same time.
LOCAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS: Pend Oreille County citizens are urged to sign up to receive Wildfire updates through the new Community Information Service which is designed to deliver important and timely information to residents in our county using the latest technology. This service, Nixle, delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications instantly sent to you by cell phone text message, email, and the web.
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER: If you feel you have what it takes to meet the challenges of South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue, we welcome you to join us. Please click on the link above to access online Volunteer Firefighter application information and forms, call our office at 509-447-5305, or stop by the Diamond Lake Station between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday to learn more about the time commitment, physical skills, and training needed to become a South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue Volunteer Firefighter.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS: South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue also welcomes community volunteers to serve in non-operational support positions. Auxiliary and Public Education volunteers provide support through fundraising events, canteen services, and the development of life safety education workshops. Call the Diamond Lake Station office at 509-447-5305 to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue Auxiliary and Public Education programs.