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Monday, October 14, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane County seeking volunteer for civil service commission

Spokane County is seeking a volunteer to fill a vacancy on its civil service commission, which is responsible for reviewing the job performance of law enforcement.

The five member civil service commission is looking to fill a six-year term beginning Oct. 18 that will be vacated by Rick Mendoza, who has chosen to not seek another term.

The board is tasked with reviewing applications of potential law enforcement hires and hears appeals for disciplinary actions taken against county employees.

Applicants must be registered voters who have lived in Spokane County for more than two years and must disclose their political affiliation. Because not more than three members are permitted to support the same political party at a given time, the county is seeking a volunteer that identifies as Democrat or Independent.

The commission meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the county’s human resources building at 1229 W. Mallon Ave. Members could be asked to review applications on additional days.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and those interested in applying should contact Ginna Vasquez, clerk of the board for Spokane County Commissioners, at (509) 477-2268 or via email at: gvasquez@ spokanecounty.org.

SVFD to use weighted blankets

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has purchased some weighted blankets from the Isaac Foundation. These blankets have been delivered to most stations and ALS apparatus. The blankets are for use on Firetrucks to be available for calming individuals with autism. They can however, be used for anyone who may be in crisis, stressed, or having a bad day. They can even be used to calm a fellow firefighter.

“We wanted to help the Spokane Valley Fire Department to be better prepared and to have training in calming techniques with individuals with autism,” said Holly Lytle, Founder and Executive Director of Isaac Foundation. “The great thing about the weighted blankets is they help everyone who is experiencing crisis, not just those with autism. The SVFD is going to find that these blankets are a huge asset to their crisis response.”

Weighted blankets are a comfort to individuals with autism, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD and can enhance a person’s quality of sleep by reducing anxiety and agitation.

“We are always looking for ways to improve crisis response,” said Fire Captain and Paramedic, Jeff Fraser. “This seemed like a great option to incorporate for helping those individuals who are in distress and in need of care.”

Weighted blankets and lap pads are made with a synthetic poly pellet that is machine washable.

From staff reports

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