Spokane Valley Fire Department is celebrating more than 75 years of service to our community with free family fun during the Greenacres Fire Station open house on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The station is located at 17217 E. Sprague Ave.
Attendees can try squirting a fire hose, take pictures in fire gear and on fire trucks. Visitors can meet the firefighters that serve them, tour the fire station, have their blood pressure checked, learn more about smoke alarms, and sign up for a free Home Fire Safety Visit.
Parents are encouraged to get a free child safety kit from members of Operation Family I.D.
At noon, firefighters, kids and community members can flex their muscles and participate in the official “push in” ceremony of new Ladder 10 into the apparatus bay. The event will include a few remarks about the new KME Tractor Drawn Aerial ladder truck, the first of its kind in the SVFD apparatus fleet that requires two drivers to operate. Despite the size, it is much more flexible in tight spaces than the current Ladder 10, said Melanie Rose, department spokeswoman. The purchase price was $1.5 million.
Careful financial planning allowed SVFD to make this large capital purchase without incurring bonded debt, thereby saving the taxpayers the cost of interest, Rose added.
Open house parking is available in the lot directly north of the fire station. Visitors may access the parking lot from East Main Avenue from North Flora Road or North Tshirley Road.
For more information, call 892-4155 or visit spokanevalleyfire.com.