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  • Valley Fire expecting budget drop

    Spokane Valley Fire Department budget next year is expected to drop nearly 4 percent to $30.3 million in large part because the department has no building projects planned for next …


  • Squirrel’s misstep causes fire, power outage

    It was lights out for a squirrel as well as for several residents after an unfortunate incident near 32nd Avenue and University Road at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The squirrel apparently …


  • Firefighter faces suspension

    Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to suspend a firefighter without pay for two 24-hour shifts for continuing to use his department account to send religious emails …


  • None injured in Valley apartment fire

    Fire heavily damaged a Spokane Valley apartment building Saturday morning, but all residents escaped injury.


  • Valley Fire official: Remember the burn ban

    The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to 230 calls between Aug. 16 and 22, a relatively busy week, since they usually receive 180 to 215 calls. “A busy week and …


  • Cigarettes suspected in two separate fires

    Cigarettes are the likely culprit in two recent fires put out by Spokane Valley Fire Department crews, but the two incidents had radically different outcomes. The first fire was reported …


  • Panel denies grievance by firefighters union

    The Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners voted unanimously this week to deny a grievance filed by the firefighters union on behalf of Capt. Jon Sprague, who has been reprimanded for …


  • Housing worries drive resignation

    Spokane Valley Fire commissioner Monte Nesbitt announced his resignation this week after the firefighters union raised questions about his residency. Nesbitt, who is currently the chairman of the commission, read …


  • Spokane Valley, District 9 fire levies pass by wide margin

    There were more than a few sighs of relief at some local fire stations after the results of last week’s primary election were announced. Spokane County Fire District 9 and …


  • Spokane Valley, District 9 fire levies pass by wide margin

    There were more than a few sighs of relief at some local fire stations after the results of Tuesday’s primary election were announced. Spokane County Fire District 9 and the …


  • Station 6 completion set for November

    When Spokane Valley Fire Department’s Station 6 closed for demolition and rebuilding in March, the department hoped to be finished by early October, but a series of incidents have pushed …


  • Uptick in fire calls leads to busy week

    A flurry of fire calls kept Spokane Valley Fire Department crews hopping the week of Aug. 2-8. The 254 calls received during the week were again above normal, bumped up …


  • Spokane Valley Fire crews answer slew of unusual calls

    The number of calls the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to the week of July 26 to Wednesdaywas closer to average, but there were more abnormal calls in the bunch. …


  • 2 hospitalized after fire breaks out at Liberty Lake firm

    Two people were hospitalized after inhaling smoke when a fire broke out at a manufacturing plant in Liberty Lake Friday.


  • Faith emails cause conflict

    A firefighter is contesting discipline handed down by the Spokane Valley Fire Department for sending emails with religious content to other firefighters using the department’s email system. Capt. Jon Sprague …


  • Fire responds to great number of calls

    The number of calls received by the Spokane Valley Fire Department was much higher than normal again for the week of July 19-25, but there were no major fires among …


  • More fires near schools reported

    Several Spokane Valley schools were hit with arson fires the week of July 12-18, but all the fires were outdoors and caused limited damage. The Spokane Valley Fire Department made …


  • Stakes high in fire district levy votes

    As the Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 9 await the results of their maintenance and operations replacement levies on the ballots now arriving in the mail, …


  • Four teens arrested in string of arsons near Sprague, Sullivan

    Four teenagers suspected of setting 20 arson fires since the end of June behind businesses in the area of Sprague Avenue and Sullivan Road and at Central Valley High School …


  • Four teens charged with arson in Spokane Valley

    Four teenagers suspected of setting 20 arson fires since the end of June behind businesses in the area of Sprague Avenue and Sullivan Road and at Central Valley High School …


  • Fire prevention zone

    Spokane Valley fire crews spent part of the day Wednesday brushing up on their wildland fire skills – removing low hanging tree limbs, cutting fire lines and setting back fires. …


  • Officials believe kids to blame for three fires

    Summer for the Spokane Valley Fire Department means a jump in the number of fires caused by kids playing with matches, and there were plenty of examples the week of …


  • Valley City Council rejects fire chief’s request regarding levy

    Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief Mike Thompson was surprised to be rebuffed when he asked earlier this month to make a presentation at a Spokane Valley City Council meeting. The …


  • Apartment fire topped week’s calls

    Spokane Valley Fire Department crews kept busy the week of June 14-20 with a major fire in an apartment complex, several smaller fires and a trench rescue. An apartment in …


  • Spark from grinder leads to fire

    The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to one major fire the week of June 7-13 when a spark started a fire in a commercial building at 900 N. Fancher Road …


  • Names selected for new stations

    Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners picked new names for four of its fire stations Monday as they continue a program to switch from numbered to named stations. Some of the …


  • Shock player says God told him to start fire

    A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities …


  • Arson dog checks out scene

    Mako the arson dog assisted the Spokane Fire Department with an apartment building fire on Wednesday. Fire investigator Rick Freier and Mako went to the scene at 2918 E. Diamond …


  • Makeshift smoker burns barns, trailer

    An old refrigerator made into a smoker caused $60,000 in damage to two barns and a travel trailer in the 5700 block of North Drury Road on May 19. The …


  • Fire chief concerned about development

    Spokane Valley Fire Chief Mike Thompson said his department has concerns about a proposal to build a library on vacant land next to Fire Station 1 and expand Balfour Park …

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