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.
CAN I BURN?: This time of year the most common question is "can I burn"? The answer is yes and if you follow the Department of Natural Resourses rules, you will have a safe burn season. If you are burning large piles or more than one at a time or land clearning, you must contact DNR and get a permit (click link above for more info).
BEAR SPRAY TRAINING IN PEND OREILLE COUNTY: Firefighters, Pend Oreille County Public Works employees, Kalispel Natural Resources Department staff and a select group of Kalispel teens who will be taking an adventure to Alaska this summer participated in important training on bear awareness, use of bear spray, and suggested first aid protocols for contact with bear spray. The training sessions were conducted by a team of presenters including staff from Defenders of Wildlife, Washington Fish and Wildlife, and Pend Oreille County WSU Extension.
Pend Oreille County is home to a small but growing grizzly bear population. We also have a healthy black bear population. You’re more likely to run into a black bear than a grizzly bear in Washington, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for either, says Candace Bennett, a wildlife conflict specialist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Colville (click link above for more info).
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.