For Immediate Release:

June 25th, 2020


George Hedebeck

Captain/Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Fire



Valley Firefighters Rescue Kayakers from Spokane River

Mother and Son assisted after being stranded in the current and rocks


Spokane Valley, Wash. – Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units responded at 8:33pm to a report of a two kayakers in need of help, just east of Mirabeau Park. The caller stated the woman was injured.

Firefighters located the pair on the north side of the river, standing in waist deep water. The female kayaker had gotten her foot caught and twisted in the under rubble of the river, injuring her ankle. SVFD water rescue teams quickly launched their kayaks. They were able to get the woman and her 14 y/o son safely to the shore, and assisted with a ride back to their vehicle. The woman was not transported for her injuries. This incident could have been much worse if the pair had not been wearing life jackets.

A total of 12 apparatus, command and support vehicles responded to the scene, including Spokane Fire Department water rescue crews and American Medical Response. No first responder injuries were reported.

Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind citizens that different seasons of the river present unique challenges. High fast spring currents can quickly separate you from your party, and lower late season water flows can trip you up and trap you in the under rubble and bushes; but, life jackets will help year-round!


About SVFD
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas within the 75-square miles of Spokane County Fire District 1. In 2019, SVFD firefighter crews, including its paramedics and EMTs, responded to more than 18,326 emergency calls.

Established eighty years ago in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and by the fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.

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