South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue was created by voter approved mergers of Pend Oreille Fire District No. 3, Pend Oreille Fire District No. 1, and Pend Oreille Fire District No. 7 in 2010; the merger with Fire District No. 6 in 2019; and the merger with Pend Oreille District No. 8 in 2022. The area now includes the Diamond and Sacheen Lake areas, the Camden, Fertile Valley, and the Deer Valley areas the Furport, Bead Lake, and Skookum areas, along with the Spring Valley area. The mergers have been an effective addition to the service to our community and we offer a higher level of service than we have experienced in the recent past.
The now 255 square mile area is served from 9 fire stations and a roster of nearly 85 volunteers along with a career Fire Chief, an EMS Captain/Paramedic, one 20-year Veteran Operations Captain, three full-time Firefighters/EMTs, and a Maintenance Technician.
Our members serve the area with training in Structural and Wildland firefighting, EMS with BLS Transport, hazmat response and vehicle extrication. Our roster includes over 30 certified EMS personnel that provide primarily Basic life support response. All of our Firefighters are trained in advanced first aid and CPR qualified.
The area we serve is mostly rural urban interface in nature and offers occasional challenge in access and travel times. Our average response time for all calls is currently 8-10. We ran about 853 calls for service in 2022, of those about 62% are EMS and we average about 14 working structure fires a year. We offer 4–5 drills a month to our members so they can maintain their skills in our profession.