Spokane County Fire District #3 was formed from a "grassroots citizen movement" in 1945. This movement came from the desire of the citizenry to have access to timely fire protection year round. Fire District #3 covers approximately the southwest one-third of Spokane County or 565 square miles. As with the majority of modern day fire departments, Fire District 3 also provides Emergency Medical Services at the Basic Life Support level which is approximately 75 percent of our call volume. The District surrounds the City of Cheney, Medical Lake and the Town of Spangle. By contract, the District provides Fire and E.M.S. services to the Town of Spangle. Fire District #3 has reciprocal mutual-aid and automatic-aid with all fire agencies in Spokane County as well as bordering agencies in Whitman and Lincoln counties. A population of approximately 25,000 citizens is currently served. Staffed by five full-time command positions, twelve part-time command positions and two full-time support positions the district is mainly operated and supported by approximately 120 part-paid/volunteer firefighters. The District operates 39 pieces of equipment out of 10 Stations.