While work continues on the Spokane Valley Fire Department administration building, a couple of open houses are planned at two other fire stations in the near future.
The first open house will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, at Station 4 in Otis Orchards, 22406 E. Wellesley Road. The next will follow a week later on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Station 5, 15510 E. Marietta Ave.
The open house at both locations will last from 1 to 4 p.m.
Fire commissioners learned Monday that crews from each will lead tours of the stations. Mako, the arson dog, will also be on hand. Fire-prevention materials will also be handed out at the events.
Suggestions will also be taken to rename the stations. While it seems a safe bet that Station 4 will end up with the “Otis Orchards” moniker, there are no clear options for Station 5. (Sullivan? Industrial Park?)
Meanwhile Deputy Chief Larry Rider reported that the first floor of the new administration building, adjacent to Station 8 at 2120 N. Wilbur Road, was expected to be finished in the next two weeks. The concrete floor will be needed to hold a 1,200-pound beam retrieved from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, which will be placed in the foyer of the new building and adorned with a plaque.
A dedication ceremony will be held at 6:59 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 – the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. – and 16 community members will hand-place the beam. The entire building, however, won’t be finished until later this fall.
The plaque will have space for 65 words or less, and department officials are seeking help in wording that “best represents our community.” So far, Rider said, there have been about a half-dozen submissions.
The cutoff for entries is Tuesday, Aug. 2, and should be delivered to Station 1 at 10319 E. Sprague.
For more information, call 928-1700.