Assistant Chief Howard Johnson (402)
Howard has been with Spokane County Fire District 4 since 1993. He started as a Volunteer Firefighter with the district when he was still in high school. Both of his parents were also volunteers with the department. He graduated from Riverside High School and went through the Fire Science Technology program as SCC. He has spent his entire career with Fire District 4. He started as a volunteer at Fire Station 42. Howard was one of the first ‘Resident Firefighter’ that moved into the new Fire Station 44 in Colbert (across from Cat Tails) when it opened in 1994. He was hired full time in October of 1996. He worked in training, became the first line supervisor (Lieutenant) of the part-time firefighter group within the district. He was then promoted to Captain in charge of the Shift Program then to the Division Chief of Operations with the department. Howard is currently the Assistant Chief of Operations for Fire District #4. Howard is also a Type 2 Planning Section Chief who is currently assigned to PNW (Pacific North West) Team 12 in that capacity.
Assistant Chief Bill Neckels (403)
Assistant Chief Bill Neckels family homesteaded and ranched in North Dakota where he was born. There his father started his career with the National Park Service. Growing up his family lived in North Carolina, New York, Virginia, back to North Dakota and finally in Jackson Hole Wyoming.
After school Bill went to work for the Bridger Teton National Forest. He worked in a variety of divisions at the Forest Service including Timber Management, Engineering and Fire & Aviation.
His interest in fire lead him to join the Jackson/Teton County Fire Department. When the organization merged with Teton County EMS Bill became a Battalion Chief for training and operations.
In 2012 his family moved to Wenatchee where Bill accepted the position of Deputy Chief at Chelan County Fire District 1.
Together, Bill’s wife Cori and he have three children and one grandchild. They moved to Elk in the Fall of 2015 when Bill accepted the position of Assistant Chief with Spokane county Fire District 4.
Division Chief Bob Bender (407)
Division Chief Bob Bender is a proud father of four and grandfather to two beautiful girls. Before entering the fire service full-time, he was a carpenter/contractor for 20 years. Bender joined the Rathdrum Rural Fire Protection District in 1991. In 1995 he was hired by SCFD4 and promoted to Captain in 2000. He was promoted to Division Chief in 2011 and has served on the Washington State Training and Safety Board from 1999 to 2009.
Division Chief Gino Palomino (408)
Division Chief Gino Palomino is beginning his 25th year in Fire and Emergency Medical Services. He began his career as a volunteer in rural communities and has served in many different capacities throughout his career.
Division Chief Palomino came to the Fire District eight-years ago (this February) as the Captain of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), later promoting to the rank of Division Chief. His current functional responsibilities include Human Resources, Support Services, Logistics, Public Education, EMS Administration and Chaplain Services.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University, Paramedic Certification, as well as numerous course work and credentials in Critical Incident Stress Management, Crisis Intervention and Ministerial Studies, to name a few. Division Chief Palomino is an Ordained Chaplain that serves throughout the region as well as nationally with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associations Rapid Response Team. He is member of the International Fellowship of Chaplains, Federation of Fire Chaplains, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and American Association of Christian Counselors.
Division Chief Palomino lives in the Colbert area with his wife of 27 years, Debbie. They have 7 children and 1 incredible grandson!
Captain Tim Love (430)
Battalion Captain Tim Love lives in the Deer Park area with his wife Holly and 3 girls. Tim joined District 4 in 2002 as a volunteer at Station 41 and served there for 8 ½ years before he was hired full time as the district’s Training Captain in 2011. The Loves have been foster parents since January of 2007 and have had over 70 children share their home with them. Holly is a stay at home mom who stays busy shuttling kids around and tending to their chicken farm.
Captain Johnnie Sylvester (440)
Johnnie is originally from the Tonasket, WA area where he grew up raising cattle and spending time in the great outdoors. After graduating high school, Johnnie moved to Spokane to attend Spokane Community College where he completed two degrees, one of them being an AAS in Fire Science.
In 2002 Johnnie went to work for the Department of Natural Resources in the Highlands District. In addition to the DNR, he also started to volunteer as a firefighter with the Tonasket Fire Department. During the 2005 Fire Season, he was promoted to an Engine Leader in the Arcadia District of the Department of Natural Resources, and spent two more summers working for them.
Johnnie then started volunteering with the Airway Heights Fire Department in 2006, as well as working as a Wildland Fire Contractor in Region 6.
After spending five years with Airway Heights Fire Department, he was hired by Spokane County Fire District #4 as a Part-Time Firefighter.
In 2015, he began serving additionally with the Fire District as a Paramedic and in 2016 was promoted to full-time Captain.
He has an amazing wife Angela who works in the dental field and together they live in the Deer Park area.
Captain Gary McBride(450)
Gary joined Fire District 4 in 1985 and was assigned to Station 42 in Chattaroy as a volunteer firefighter. In 1991 he was hired full time with the district as a firefighter/mechanic. Gary is currently a Battalion Captain/Investigator. He has a beautiful wife who works for Providence Hospital and also volunteers in support services for Fire District 4. He also has two awesome grown daughters Rachel and Sara. Rachel is also a member of support services and a district photographer. Gary is the 3rd generation in his family to live in Fire District 4 response area.
Captain Megan Hill (460)
Megan has been involved in the fire service for over 20 years. She was a proud volunteer firefighter for 13 years before embarking on a paid career in the fire service. She has two wonderful kids, a husband who is also a firefighter, two dogs, and five cats.
Captain Vince Speziale (490)
Vince was born in the Spokane area and lived a majority of his life in the Inland Empire area. His wonderful family includes his wife Tina Speziale who was also a Volunteer and Part Time Firefighter/EMT with SCFD4. She now works in the ER at Sacred Heart Medical Center. They have been married since 1993 and live on Mt Spokane with the present count of 7 horses, 3 dogs, 2 gold fish, and 1 gecko. Their blended family also includes 4 children ages 30-38, 3 of them now married. No grandkids yet, but we are impatiently waiting. Some of our most enjoyable pass-time activities are, horseback riding to include camping, Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Ranch Sorting and Reining. When Tina and Vince are not on Horses, we can be found cruising on our Victory Cross Country Tour motorcycle Tina “made” Vince buy!
Vince Graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1981. He served with the Washington Air National Guard as an Air Traffic Controller from the mid 80’s to early 90’s. He has enjoyed working at various restaurants in part time positions in Ocean Shores and around the Spokane area since he was 14 years old. Unfortunately, working in restaurants like Shenanigans exposed him to some very expensive tastes when it comes to food! Before working full time with SCFD4, he was employed at a Semiconductor Company in the Valley for almost 17 years where he got to see technological advances before they were released into the public. Vince’s Fire Service started in 1994 as a Volunteer for Station 48 with Spokane County Fire District 4. He was hired full time as a Captain in June of 2011, and has been living the dream ever since.
Office Manager- Lena Mack
Lena Mack began working at SCFD4 in July of 2002. Before starting at the District, Lena started her professional career working in a law firm in Vancouver, Washington. She then moved to Baker City, Oregon and worked as an assistant to the Superintendent of school and Board Secretary for the local school district.
Outside of work, Lena has been married to her husband, Dan, for 30 years in June of 2016. They have one daughter together. Lena enjoys gardening, reading and boating when she is not at the office.
IT Administrator (431)- Bob Schwiesow
Bob Schwiesow started in the fire service in 1973 as a firefighter with the Department of Natural Resources. Since then, Bob has been involved with the fire service in one way or the other for the past 46 years. In 1984 Bob started one of the first internet companies in Eastern Washington. He was told the town of Wenatchee was too small for the internet at the time, but the company succeeded and helped Bob gain knowledge that supports him in his career today. While running his own company Bob also worked for Douglass County Fire District 2 for 29 years. In 2010 Bob began at Spokane County Fire District 4 where he is the IT administrator.
Office Assistant- Amber Hansen
Amber grew up in Chattaroy and graduated from Riverside High School in 2009. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a minor in Journalism. After graduating from college she moved back to Spokane to be closer to her family. Amber has worked at SCFD4 since December of 2014.
Office Assistant- Barbara Fleetwood
Barbara was born in Wenatchee and her family moved from Cashmere to the Spokane area when she was an infant. She attended various schools in the Spokane area, graduating from the Mead District in 1972. She married Ed Fleetwood in 1973 and they have two sons and five grandchildren. When not at SCFD4, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing domestic arts such as gardening and canning, attending church, and singing in a local gospel choir.
Office Assistant- Lori Bryant
Lori has worked in the fire service for 22 years. Before she started her career with the Spokane Fire Department in March of 1993 she graduated with her accounting degree from Whitworth University. Her last position at SFD, was as an Accountant. Lori currently works part time for Fire District 4 in an Accounting position.
She has been married for 36 years. Lori’s husband is also a Volunteer Firefighter with Fire District 4. They have furry legged children. In her spare time,she enjoys volunteer activities, which includes doing visits with her Pet Therapy dog.
Vehicle Maintenance- Dave Talbot
Dave Talbot started with SCFD4 as the District’s first full-time mechanic in 1994. Before starting at SCFD4 Dave worked for Parkway Chevrolet for five years. In 1995 Dave was made the lead mechanic in the District. Outside of SCFD4 Dave volunteers for little league football, basketball and baseball. He has been a coach and an empire for many years. Dave has lived in the area his whole life and has three kids that attended Deer Park High School.
Vehicle Maintenance- Brad Smith
Brad was born and raised in the Spokane Valley. While attending Central Valley High School he participated in the "Head Start" program where he obtained his AA degree in Auto Mechanics in 1981. Brad then began working in his career field while still a Junior in high school and has remained employed since that time. Before beginning at SCFD4 in 1995 he worked at several different car dealerships. He moved from Spokane to the Elk area about 25 years ago and has enjoyed the rural lifestyle very much. Brad likes spending time outdoors and working on projects around the house and in his shop. He has two grown children, a daughter who lives and works in Spokane and a son who is attending school in the Seattle area.
Facility Maintenance Technician- Chuck Wright
Chuck Wright has lived in the Spokane area for 40 years. He is married and has seven children and 11 grandchildren. He has been in construction for over 30 years and began working at SCFD4 in 1995. Outside of work Chuck enjoys hunting, riding ATV’s, and basketball.
Facility Maintenance Technician- Steven Cooper
Before starting at District 4 Steven worked as a Labor Foreman with Acme Concrete Paving and spent six years as a member of the Labor Union. Steven has done maintenance since he was a young man, and enjoys it a lot. He is excited to get to do what he enjoys as a career, provide consistency for his kids and family and work for the fire department which has a sense of honor, respect and importance, he says.
Steven grew up in northern Spokane and now lives with his wife, Trisha, and their three kids on five acres near Diamond Lake. During his free time Steven enjoys camping, hiking, fishing and finding new things to explore with his children.
315 E Crawford St.
PO Box 1549
Deer Park, WA. 99006
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