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Vyverberg faces District 8 opponent Glover

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

10/02/2015

 

 

Appointee Chuck Vyverberg – along with fellow Commissioner Andy Rorie – are both dealing with challengers in the upcoming general election in Fire District 8.
Challenger Glover says he brings a new voice to the department, which serves the area south of Spokane Valley and a portion of the Ponderosa neighborhood.

Chuck Vyverberg
Age: 64

Family/How long living in the district:
33 years.

Why did you want to file for candidacy?
Appointed to fill a commissioner vacancy for Spokane Fire District 8 on June 26, 2013.
Took oath of office on July 9, 2013.
Prior to that, as a citizen of the district, attended the majority of the SCFD 8 commissioner meetings for over 10 years.

What are your goals for the District 8 commissioners?
I am committed to managing the financial resources to provide high quality and affordable fire and emergency medical services to the citizens of Spokane Fire District 8 along with supporting the personnel who deliver those services.

What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the department in the immediate future?
With the downturn of the economy and lower housing values and rising costs in the fire service this has put a strain on the budget. Also, with the increase of cancer in the Fire Service the SCFD 8 will need to keep up on the latest trends and equipment to protect our firefighters from getting cancer.

What differences separate you from your opponent?
Before taking the oath of office as a fire commissioner, I attended for 10 years nearly all of the commissioners meetings as a citizen of the fire district.
In 2004 asked by Spokane County Fire District 8 Board of Commissioners as a citizen of the district to be a member of a committee that recommended fire chief candidates to be interviewed by the Spokane County Fire District 8 Board of Commissioners.

Strong leadership skills with examples below:
September 2014 Elected Co-Chair Washington State Risk Management Group
January 2015 Elected Board of Director for Spokane County Fire Commissioners Association.
February 2015 Elected Chairman Spokane County Fire District 8 Board of Commissioners.
2015 appointed to the Budget/Finance committee for Washington State Fire Commissioners Association in Olympia.
January 2014 rode a whole shift with the firefighters and paramedic from Station 81 which is located just south of 57th Avenue. On that shift I went on eight emergency calls and saw firsthand how they protect the citizens of Fire District 8.
May 30, 2015, was one of 16 elected officials, business and community leaders and journalists that wore protective gear and became a fire fighter for a day at the Spokane Valley training center when Spokane County Fire District 8 and Spokane Valley Fire hosted “Fire Ops 101” where we participated in controlled but very realistic scenarios that included fire hose application, search and rescue, cardiac arrest, vehicle extrication. Also completed a live fire training exercise while wearing very heavy protective equipment.

Dan Glover
Age: 56

Family/How long living in the district:
My wife and I have lived in the district for over 20 years and have raised both of our children here.

Why did you want to file for candidacy?
I decided to run for this position because I don't feel the citizens of the district are properly represented. The current board of commissioners, two of which were appointed due to resignations, seems to only advocate for the employees of the fire department. We need a private business individual to counter the heavy union influence.

What are your goals for the District 8 commissioners?
My goals are to reintegrate the volunteer membership aspect of our combination department. The current administration has segregated and pushed away the citizens who volunteer.

What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the department in the immediate future?
I feel the size of the department is too small to meet the needs of a catastrophic event. The total number of volunteers has dwindled to less than a forth of what it needs to be. In the event of a serious emergency, the largest group of first-responders, are those of us that live in the district. Surprisingly all of the current chiefs live outside the district or are planning to move outside the district. I am told over 80 percent of the paid staff live outside the district.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops?
Most are surprised and unaware of how our district works. They don't usually know that there are three fire commissioners who are elected to oversee the department.

What differences separate you from your opponent?
First of all my opponent was appointed and has never voted against the other commissioners. He is a strong union supporter and is not a business owner. He has also never participated as a fire fighter or EMT as I have. He does not have the experience with the personnel, equipment and facilities that I have gained in my 10 years of service in the district.
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