MISSION

To proudly serve our community by executing the duties charged to us by our profession. We will continually educate ourselves and use our skills to serve and protect our community, county and country.

VALUES

  • Professionalism: We strive to be the best at what we do. We perform our jobs to the highest degree of skill and competency. Our appearance and conduct promotes confidence and trust from the public, other Departments, and Honor, Integrity, and Truthfulness) Do the right thing and always encourage others to do the right, honest and ethical things.
  • Honor, Integrity, and Truthfulness: Do the right thing and always encourage others to do the right, honest and ethical things.
  • Respectful: (Attitude, Communication, and Cooperation) Treat others with the same personal and professional consideration we expect for ourselves, promote a can do attitude in everything we do. We are the Best; and success happens through TEAMWORK
  • Balanced: Manage our time for the three most important things; Family, Job and the Fire Department.
  • Educator and Student: Learn from each other, teach, coach and listen. Create an environment where everyone can excel!
  • Initiators and Change Agent: Seek opportunities, use good judgment, accept change, embrace it, initiate it, and do everything better and safer for our partners.
  • Accountable: Know your responsibilities, live up to your commitments!

HISTORY

South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue was created by voter approved mergers of Pend Oreille Fire District No. 3, Pend Oreille Fire District No. 1 and Pend Oreille Fire District No. 7 in 2010, and more recently in 2019 the approval of the merger of Fire District No. 6. The area now includes the Diamond and Sacheen Lake areas, the Camden, Fertile Valley and the Deer Valley areas along with the Furport, Bead Lake, and Skookum areas. The mergers have been an effective addition to the service to our community and we offer a higher level of service than we have experienced in the recent past.

The now 225 square mile area is served from 7 fire stations and a roster of nearly 70 volunteers along with a career Fire Chief and a full-time Battalion Chief/Paramedic, Training Officer and Maintenance Technician.

Our members serve the area with training in Structural and Wildland firefighting, EMS with BLS Transport, hazmat response and vehicle extrication. Our roster includes over 30 certified EMS personnel that provide primarily Basic life support response. All of our Firefighters are trained in advanced first aid and CPR qualified.

The area we serve is mostly rural urban interface in nature and offers occasional challenge in access and travel times. Our average response time for all calls is currently 8-10. We are on track to run about 700 calls for service in 2021, of those about 66% are EMS and we average about 14 working structure fires a year. We offer 4–5 drills a month to our members so they can maintain their skills in our profession.