The Spokane Valley Fire Department is celebrating more than 75 years of service to the community with a day of free family fun during the annual SVFD open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will be held at the SVFD Training Center, 2411 N. Pioneer Lane, one block east of Sullivan off Marietta.
A series of live demonstrations by firefighters run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include a vehicle extrication (Jaws of Life), high ropes technical rescue from the training tower, our award-winning Pit Crew CPR and a cooking fire demonstration (repeated three times).
Spokane Regional Air Support Air 1 helicopter will be on hand for viewing before taking off at 2:30 p.m. Mako, the retired arson dog, will make a special guest appearance during the open house along with Smokey Bear, offering plenty of photo opportunities.
Ongoing fire safety demonstrations will be conducted in the Residential Fire Sprinkler trailer and the Avista Electric trailer.
A wide range of family-friendly hands-on activities include the Kids Firefighter Challenge Obstacle Course, squirting a live fire hose, trying on firefighter gear, climbing into fire engines and an ambulance, trying out CPR and fire extinguishers, a bounce house and more.
Free hot dogs will be available, along with a variety of cool giveaway items and great music throughout the day.
Safety and prevention information will be provided by SCOPE’s Operation I.D., Department of Natural Resources and SVFD. We’ll also be offering free blood pressure checks, hands-on sidewalk CPR sessions and the Pulse Point mobile app.
For a complete schedule of events, visit spokanevalleyfire.com or call 496-3344.