Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) Fire Chief Bryan Collins has announced his retirement effective March 1, 2022. Chief Collins has been working with the Board of Fire Commissioners for the past several months regarding his impending retirement. Chief Collins and the Board will define and conduct a process that will ultimately lead to the selection of the next SVFD Fire Chief. Chief Collins plans to work with whomever is selected to ensure the transition continues the SVFD quality of service our Fire District community has become accustomed to experiencing when they need emergency and non-emergency services.
“It has been my pleasure to serve the Spokane Valley Fire Department community these past 8 years,” said Chief Collins. “The SVFD community is fortunate to have a highly regarded fire department that receives national recognition for its ability to save lives through innovative practices like Pit Crew CPR that yield significantly higher than national average results. With EMS calls being 80% of our response, being a high-performance department is impactful to a community. I am proud to have been a part of a fire department that is constantly seeking to improve practices and to be an innovative leader in the industry.”
While at Spokane Valley Fire Department, Chief Collins had many accomplishments including:
- Bringing about an innovative and modern 911 system with Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC 911).
- Implementing Community Risk Reduction Programs (CRR) for fire safety practices and education.
- Earning Accreditation, making SVFD the only 1 of 2 accredited Fire Departments east of the Cascades (Fairchild AFB Fire & Emergency Services); only 1 of 6 fire departments in WA; only 1 of 276 nationwide; and only 1 of 293 worldwide.
- Maintaining a Washington State Rating Bureau (WSRB) 2 rating which directly benefits the SVFD Community through lower insurance ratings.
Chief Collins brought more than 27 years of experience in the fire service when he joined SVFD on March 1, 2013. In 2012, he retired as Assistant Fire Chief from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District in San Ramon, California.
“The Board of Fire Commissioners are very grateful for the 8 plus years of service Chief Bryan Collins has given to the Spokane Valley Fire Department,” said SVFD Board of Fire Commissioners Chair, Patrick Burch. “The department has grown and accomplished many great things during his time as Fire Chief. We are grateful for his leadership, not only in the department, but in the communities we serve. It has been a real pleasure as a board to work with Chief Collins. We wish him well in his retirement.”
Spokane Valley Fire Department wishes Chief Collins a happy retirement and thanks him for his many years of service.
About Spokane Valley Fire Department
The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000+ over 75-square miles, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2020, our cross-trained Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics responded to more than 18,700 emergency calls.
Established in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and by SVFD’s Class 2 fire insurance rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau
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