City: Spokane Valley, WA
Education: Graduated from West Valley High School in 1999. Obtained associate degree in fluid power from Spokane Community College. Obtained paramedic associate degree in paramedic medicine from Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.
Career experience: Currently a paramedic and firefighter for Spokane County Fire District 8, but has worked as an emergency responder at several fire departments around the country since 2001.Most of his job changes were due to his wife's career in the U.S. Army. Before working as an emergency responder, he worked as an account manager for a company that made equipment to make computer processing chips.
Political experience: First-time candidate.
Family: Married and has one daughter.
Candidate for the Spokane Valley Fire Commission Bradley Mertens said he hopes to improve communication and work with unions, while incumbent Patrick Burch said a fire commissioner’s first responsibility is to taxpayers, not unions.
A one-term incumbent Spokane Valley Fire commissioner is hoping to retain his seat, as a former city councilman and a first-time candidate challenge him.