Fire Chief

Bryan Collins

bryan-collinsChief 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  Operations

Shawn Arold

Battalion Chief Shawn Arold

Deputy Chief Arold is responsible for supervision of the department’s six emergency response Battalion Chiefs, Division Chief of EMS and the Division Chief of Training. The combined efforts of the team are responsible for the day to day operational activities necessary to deliver fire, rescue and emergency medical services. Additional responsibilities include program analysis, project management and development of strategies to provide continuous improvement.

Deputy Chief Arold began his career with SVFD as a firefighter in March 1994. During his career, Chief Arold has held a variety of positions including Lieutenant, Captain, Training Captain, Division Chief of Training and Division Chief of Operations.

Deputy Chief Arold holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Management.

Deputy Chief of Administrative Services

Frank Soto, Jr.

Deputy Chief Frank Soto Jr.

Deputy Chief Soto began his career in 1996 with the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  During his time with AFD he enjoyed a diverse career in all divisions (Haz-Mat, TRT, Paramedicine, and Wildland) including executive leadership, management, and instruction.  In 2018, Chief Soto retired from AFD and joined the Rural Metro Fire Department in Tucson, Arizona where he worked as both the Assistant Chief of Operations and Administration. This is his 25th year “on the job!”

Deputy Chief Soto holds a Master of Public Administration from Anna Maria College, as well as multiple Incident Command System (ICS) certifications, including Blue Card IC and Fire Officer IV (Proboard).  Additionally, he has completed many specialized leadership-training courses, including the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program; the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leaders Program; and Texas A&M University’s Fire Service Chief Executive Officer Program. DC Soto is also designated as a Chief Fire Officer and Chief EMS Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

He believes strongly in being active and involved in our community, ensuring department diversity and safety, and working in collaboration with other agencies, elected officials, and stakeholders to ensure that we meet the needs of our citizens.


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