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Mayor Commends Community Response to Dishman Hills Fire

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Sharing his concern for those who have been displaced as a result of the Dishman Hills fire, Spokane Valley Mayor Richard Munson also expressed admiration for their strength.  "To exhibit such understanding and good spirits in this difficult situation is a testament to the wonderful people who make up our community." 

After signing a declaration of a state of emergency at 9:31pm last evening, Munson and City Manager David Mercier joined Governor Chris Gregoire in a visit to the University High School emergency shelter for those displaced by the fire.  There they spoke to community members who shared their appreciation for firefighters, safety officers, volunteers and emergency personnel.

"They are doing an excellent job," said Munson of those who have come from throughout the region and beyond to help coordinate the response effort. 

Spokane Valley is one of many regional public, private and nonprofit entities that have signed on to a countywide emergency response plan that permits a unified response across jurisdictional boundaries.  "We are employing the strategies that have been designed for precisely these circumstances," said Mercier of the coordinated response effort, "and they are proving effective."

Arriving at the Incident Command Center early this morning, Munson and Mercier were joined by Councilmembers Rose Dempsey and Diana Wilhite, who then joined them at a mid-morning situational briefing.  Munson indicated that he, Councilmembers and staffers will continue monitoring response efforts throughout the incident, saying. "This is a city that cares."

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