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.

I’m proud to say that SPOFR never missed a call and always had a crew responding to every call for service we received. If it wasn’t for the dedicated and selfless members of SPOFR, that wouldn’t have been possible. We always need more volunteers to help with the call load. SPOFR is just getting ready to start a training class for EMT’s, and we do this locally here at the Sacheen Lake Fire Station. If you would be interested in serving your community as a member of the volunteer fire district, please contact me at 447-5305, or online at www.spofr.org.

Thank you,
Mike Nokes
Fire Chief


Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorThe Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue is commited to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards. Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) is a strategic outcome where society’s response should be equal to the risk from all extreme weather, water, and climate hazards.