A quartet of fire stations now has new monikers, courtesy of the Spokane Valley Fire Board of Commissioners on Monday.
Three of the four names – as recommended by a special committee tasked with ways to enhance and strengthen community loyalty to the Spokane Valley Fire Department – were chosen relatively easily. The last, for the under-construction Station 6, came after a bit of discussion.
Still, all the names were approved unanimously. They now will be called:
- Millwood Fire Station (formerly Station 2), 9111 E. Frederick Ave.
- Liberty Lake Fire Station (formerly Station 3), 2218 N. Harvard Road
- Gateway Fire Station (formerly Station 6), 6306 E. Sprague
- Evergreen Fire Station (formerly Station 7), 1121 S. Evergreen Road
The names came after receiving citizen input after recent open houses at the stations. Names were forwarded to the committee, who then made the recommendations to the fire commissioners.
The stations formerly all had numeric designations in order to reflect their engine companies. While that made sense to firefighters, it often was confusing to area residents.
Efforts have been made to give the stations names over the past few years in a slow-and-steady approach in order to keep costs down for new signage, etc. Greenacres Fire Station (formerly Station 10) has already been named, as has Sullivan Fire Station (formerly Station 5).
Stations 1, 10319 E. Sprague, and Station 8, 2110 N. Wilbur, still are nameless.
According to Clifton Mahaffey, the committee’s liaison to the board, both Gateway and Edgecliff had been suggested for the currently under-reconstruction Station 6 on Sprague at the Interstate 90 interchange. While there could be an argument made for both names – the station is in proximity to the Edgecliff area–
Commissioner Joe Dawson argued that “Gateway” probably made more sense in the larger context as that it is also serves the Yardley and Parkwater areas, as well.
The city of Spokane Valley is also developing a small triangle of property between Appleway and Sprague avenues as its “gateway” from the west, Dawson said. Plans include a monument sculpture and welcome sign to be placed there in the future.
“It makes sense as it’s the gateway to the city,” Dawson said.
“It seems to be an appropriate name,” agreed Commissioner Kolby Hanson.
The commissioners also had to choose between “Liberty Lake” and “Liberty Lake Junction” for the former Station 3. According to the Liberty Lake Historical Society, which offered input, the station’s current location is near where a former train depot serving the area once existed.
It was pointed out, however, that the station could move to Country Vista Drive at some point in the future.