Structure Fire LeClerc Rd on March 26, 2023

Structure Fire March 26, 2023: South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 9624 LeClerc Rd South on Sunday March 26th. Fire Chief Brad Martin was the first to arrive on scene and set up a Command Center. There were over 10 First Responders from SPOFR along with 4 Fire Engines and 4 Fire Tenders responding to the structure fire. [read more...]

Fire Ventilation Training - March 2023

Fire Ventilation Training: Thank you to the Washington State Fire Marshals for lending us this "Fire Vent" trailer for our recent drill . Lt Jacob Hogue led the venting exercise along with his assistant instructor Eric Resler. They insured proper safety procedures and PPE along with many practical demonstrations.  [read more...]

Ice Rescue Training - February 2023

Ice Rescue Training: Lt. Jacob Hogue of South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue led an Ice Rescue training session at the privately owned Wilderness Lake recently. The 5-hour training session was attended by SPOFR, Fire Districts 2 and 4, Kalispell Fire, and Pend Oreille Paramedics. South Pend Oreille Fire Rescue wishes to thank all the volunteers who participated in the Ice Rescue training. [read more...]

Chief Brad Martin and Chief Mike Nokes

PRESS RELEASE: South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue is pleased to announce the promotion of Brad Martin, former Assistant Chief to SPOFR Fire Chief. Brad is replacing Chief Mike Nokes, who has served as SPOFR Fire Chief for the past 12 years and has accepted a position with Spokane Fire District 4. The staff and volunteers will miss Chief Nokes for his service and dedication as they welcome their new Chief. [read more...]

Butch Lee

SPOFR VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: This month’s recipient is Butch Lee as announced by Chief Brad Martin. Butch has been with SPOFR for the past six years and is currently a firefighter, ambulance driver, safety officer, and equipment manager. Butch is also a local actor at Pend Oreille Playhouse in Newport, and he enjoys martial arts. Butch works at Diamond Lake Deli and volunteers at the Newport Hospitality House and is a dog lover. Chief Martin said anytime we call he is “…quick to respond to help us out”. [read more...]

Spring Valley Station 81SPOFR / POC FIRE DISTRICT 8 MERGER: SPOFR Chief Mike Nokes said, "We welcome the members and Commissioners of Pend Oreille County Fire District 8 to the South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue Family". South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue would like to thank everyone who voted in the November 8th election. Thank you for your support in our endeavor to provide Fire and EMS service to the residents and visitors of South Pend Oreille County. The combined leadership of Fire 8 and SPOFR feels this merger will bring many benefits including: eliminating redundancy, pooling of resources and manpower, while enhancing our responses to emergences just to name a few. We look forward to continuing to serve the area of Pend Oreille County Fire District 8, under the umbrella of South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue effective January 1, 2023.
Rick O'Brien
Public Information Officer