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Spokane Fire Department grieving for 9 firefighters killed

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"The men and women of the Spokane Fire Department are terribly saddened by the loss of our brothers in Charleston, South Carolina at the Sofa Super Store fire last night.

To lose one firefighter is a tragedy-to lose nine simultaneously is a catastrophe for our profession and the country.  To date the City of Spokane Fire Department has lost 15 members in the Line-of-Duty; so unfortunately we are very familiar with the damage that a firefighter fatality causes in an organization. 

Firefighters are threatened daily in the street; from emergency responses in apparatus, encountering diseases, physical stress, facing wildland fire threats, structural threats and even terrorism-just to name a few.  As an organization we employ methods to assure our members safety such as ensuring fire code compliance, providing adequate training and education, maintaining logistical resources (apparatus, equipment, stations, fuel.etc), staffing, and support services.  However, with all of those efforts and support from the community there are times when firefighters lose their lives doing all the right things-it is then when they are recognized as heroes.

While our organization grieves for those lost last night, please be assured that we will continue our mission of providing unsurpassed services to the citizens and visitors of Spokane."

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief
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