Deputy chief Larry Rider and Chief Mike Thompson (in white) are joined by other Spokane Valley Fire Department employees and members of the community during a ceremony held last week to dedicate a new fire engine. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
Spokane Valley Fire had a successful housing ceremony for its new Rescue 8 truck last week at Station 8 on Wilbur Road. A big crowd turned out to help push the truck into the station. The ceremony dates back to the days of horse-drrawn fire equipment that had to be pushed into the station by firefighters and neighbors since the horses couldn't back up the wagons. The department's honor guard and pipe and drum corp provided musical accompaniment for the pushing effort.