Chief Bryan Collins joined the Spokane Valley Fire Department on March 1, 2013.
He brought more than 27 years of experience in the fire service and retired in 2012 from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District in San Ramon, California, where he had held the position of Assistant Fire Chief for three years just prior to retirement.
Chief Collins has a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education/Occupational Studies and holds a master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration, both from California State University-Long Beach. He also completed the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.
Deputy Chief of Support Services and Professional Development
Tim O’Brien joined Spokane Valley Fire Department in July 2015 in the role of Deputy Chief. He brought 26 years of fire service experience from Reno, Nevada.
He is responsible for supervision of the department’s support services including fleet maintenance, facilities and information systems. Additional primary responsibilities include oversight of the Department’s professional development programs, Training division and Accreditation process.
Deputy Chief O’Brien received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from University of Oregon and an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science from Truckee Meadows Community College. He is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
Deputy Chief of Operations
Veteran Spokane Valley firefighter Shawn Arold was promoted to Deputy Chief in October 2017. He had been working as Division Chief of Operations since December 2016.
Deputy Chief Arold is responsible for supervision of the department’s six emergency response Battalion Chiefs and day to day operational activities necessary to deliver fire, rescue and emergency medical services. Additional primary responsibilities include oversight of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division and participation in regional operational initiatives.
Deputy Chief Arold began his career with SVFD as a firefighter in March 1994. Over the past 23+ years, he has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles including Training Captain and Incident Safety Officer, Spokane Regional Recruit Academy Lead Instructor and Training Chief. Under Arold’s leadership, SVFD’s training program and Recruit Academy materials are sought after by fire departments across the region, state and nation. Deputy Chief Arold holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Management.