Family/How long living in the fire district: 15 years
Why did you want to file for candidacy? I was honored to be appointed to the Spokane Valley Fire Department board of fire commissioners in July of 2016. I want to continue to make sure the department is fiscally responsible with our tax dollars and continue maintaining and improving the services the Spokane Valley Fire Department provides.
What are your goals for the board? Continued fiscal responsibility and maintaining and improving Spokane Valley Fire Department services.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the fire district in the immediate future? Developing a strategic plan for the next five to ten years that helps maintain fiscal responsibility.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? So far I haven't received any surprising issues from people I have meet while campaigning.
What differences separate you from your opponents? I have over nine years of volunteer service with the department and I have experience serving on the board of fire commissioners for over a year. I also served for eight years in the Naval Reserves.
Website? Facebook page -- Committee to Retain Patrick Burch.
Age: 67 years
Family/How long living in the fire district: My family for 50 years.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? The lives and safety of Valley citizens and their property was the forefront of my decision making when deciding to run for fire commissioner, Spokane Valley (Position 1). I have a great deal of background, talent, and knowledge that will help carry out my desire to create a safer community.
What are your goals for the board? To be more open to the our constituents on all phases of the department and issues we face today and in the future. To meet the concerns of firefighters and other first medical responders.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the fire district in the immediate future? Railroad crossings. We need to review railroad conditions and work to develop more over/under passes to allow for better emergency response times. Another area of concern is urban sprawl. Our community needs better planning and station placement to insure that we have adequate protection throughout our valley. Finally, I feel that we need to listen to firefighters, medical personnel and emergency responders. They work in the field placing themselves in harm’s way. We need leaders who are willing and able to listen to the people who are actually working to insure our safety.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? That most of the residents do not understand the workings of the fire district.
What differences separate you from your opponent? My association with the citizenry of the valley. My involvement in numerous community activities.