Chief Nokes resently announced that Brad Martin has been appointed to the position of Battalion Chief of SPOFR and Fire District 6. The position oversees the multiple stations, the district employees and volunteers. He reports to Chief Nokes. Martin has over 40 years of fire service experience and eight years of chief officer experience.


We genuinely hope everybody can enjoy a safe holiday season with family and friends. With the holiday season here it brings along with it many potential hazards. Here are a few safety tips from South Pend Oreille Fire & Rescue to keep in mind this holiday season.

If you will be putting up a live Christmas tree this year before you place your tree in the stand always do a fresh cut off the bottom of the tree trunk then place the tree in the stand with fresh water right away. This allows for the best absorption of water into the tree. Make sure you fill your tree stand up with water every day.

Ensure your tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat sources like floor vents, fireplaces, radiators, candles or lamps.

Always turn the tree lights off before going to bed or leaving your home.

Only use lights that are approved from a national testing like the UL. Also, read the lights instructions allowed number of strands that can be connected together.

Replace broken bulbs right away and entire strands if you notice broken or frayed cords.

It is recommended that you get rid of your tree right after Christmas or when you notice it start to get dry.

Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Candles should never be left unattended. Candles should be at least 12 inches from anything that could burn. Always put your candles out before you go to bed.

Although Christmas tree fires are not common when they do happen they are very dangerous. 1 of every 34 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death.

We hope these holiday tips will help keep you and your family a little safer this year. All of this information and more can be found at the U.S. Fire Administration's and National Fire Protection Agencies website.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Chief Nokes either by phone, 447-5305 or online at


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