South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue continues the volunteer appreciation program called SPOFR Volunteer Spotlight. This is a way to recognize the volunteers when you see them in the community grocery store or at any local activities.

Post: August 2023 Volunteer Spotlight
Deane Nusbaum – EMT & Firefighter

August 2023 Volunteer Spotlight

Deane Nusbaum – EMT & Firefighter

This month’s Spotlight Volunteer of the month is Deane Nusbaum who has been with South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue since 2013. He is an EMT and Firefighter. Deane is also the SPOFR Sign Program Manager. The SPOFR Firefighters will custom make an address sign for you that will be visible at the road and may save precious minutes if ever firefighters or emergency medical services personnel need to locate your address. The signs are 6″x 24″ or 6″ x 36″ double-sided, blue reflective aluminum with 4″ white reflective numbering on one or two sides. This program can be seen on our website at

Deane was a schoolteacher prior to joining SPOFR. For 20 years he taught K through 12 Music in Wyoming. After moving to Washington, he taught high school Math for 12 years.

When Deane started, he completed EMT classes and then the Fire Academy. He is currently a volunteer out of Station 34.

Deane believes, “It is important to have people available and willing to help out other people in the community because this is a mostly volunteer staff. We can use all the volunteers we can get.”

Deane is also a VOD (Volunteer on Duty) serving as an ambulance driver/EMT on Sunday and Wednesday nights from 6 PM to 6 AM.

Deane is married to his wife Connie, and they have a son James who lives in Spokane with his wife and two dogs.

Chief Brad Martin of South Pend Oreille Fire Rescue said, “We count on Deane for his VOD shifts and being available for our Address Marker Program.” He is an asset to our organization, and we sincerely appreciate all the work he does as a valued volunteer.”

Thank you, Deane, for being our SPOFR Spotlight Volunteer of the month.

Rick O’Brien
Public Information Officer