During a media demonstration at Valley Fire Station 8 in September, 2010, Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator Rick Freier shows how his K-9 partner Mako, an arson dog, can sniff out gasoline and other liquid accelerants used by arsonists. SR photo/Colin Mulvaney
If you've never had a chance to meet Mako, the Spokane Valley Fire Department's arson dog, head to the Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight. Mako and his handler, assistant fire marshal Rick Freier, will be on hand for a demonstration near the beginning of the meeting. Mako is a friendly fellow with a keen nose that can pick up a single drop of an accelerant. And once the demonstration is over, you can sneak out the door unless you'd like to stick around for an hour or two of discussion on regional government, municipal economics and solid waste. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.