When the Spokane Valley Fire Department board of commissioners next meets, it will interview three architectural firms for future small projects.
The department recently sent out a call for requests for proposals and received 10 applicants. At Monday’s regular meeting, the fire commissioners said they would interview three of the firms.
The only caveat: If possible, pick companies that are from Washington, preferably close to home.
“All are quality firms,” said Deputy Chief Larry Rider. “But I believe you don’t want to interview 10.”
Chief Bryan Collins said the department – with the completion of the administration building and Station 6 in 2012 – does not have any large construction projects on the horizon.
“This more of a retainer for very small projects,” he said, “like for a kitchen redesign or something.”
Of the 10 firms, two are Idaho-based companies and two others are from western Washington. From the Spokane area, applying are Bernardo Wills, Nystrom + Olson and Watson & Herres. Others hail from Yakima and Wenatchee.
The board will meet at 2:30 p.m. on May 13 to conduct the interviews.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the board recognized the work of Cory Crawford, who received the Outstanding Citizen Award for composing and performing the music for a department training video.
“It’s a video that we’re proud to show,” Collins said as he presented Crawford the award.
In other department news, crews at the Sullivan Fire Station had a busy evening on April 16 when they found themselves delivering a baby. They were informed that Jeff Baxter – a firefighter from Spokane – and his wife Kari would were coming in because they believed they would not get to the home of a midwife in Hayden Lake, Idaho.
Baxter delivered the baby boy, Jeffery Jay Baxter Jr., as the fire crews assisted at 7:53 p.m.
The midwife arrived and completed the delivery. All are doing fine, and this is the Baxters’ fourth child.