Today the Pend Oreille County Commissioners approved the withdrawal of the Woodman Road area from Fire District 8.

There is a mountain (literally) that separates the residents of the Woodman Road area from the rest of Fire District 8. When there has been an emergency, first responders from Fire District 8 had to drive around the mountain and then through South Pend Oreille Fire & Rescue’s (SPOFR’s) district before reentering District 8 from the north. Access to this area from District 8 added on critical time. This area, which consists of only 1 and 1/4 square miles, will be far better served by SPOFR.

South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue (SPOFR) has been servicing the area through mutual agreement with Fire District 8 and they will continue to do so. With today’s decision by the County Commissioners, SPOFR can now take the necessary steps to complete the process and annex the area.