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Fire Station 8, admin building open house

The new Spokane Valley Fire administration building at 2120 N. Wilbur Road holds the administrative offices of the department. SR file photo.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department will host an open house at Station 8 on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. People can talk to the on-duty crew, take a tour and visit with Mako the arson dog. There will be refreshments. Those attending will also be asked to suggest a new name for Station 8. The department is in the midst of renaming all its stations and removing the number designations.

The station is located at 2110 N. Wilbur, just west of Pines Road. The department's new administration building, located next door to Station 8, will also be open for tours. The administration building has a piece of a steel beam that came from the World Trade Center on display in the front entry.

New fire truck pushed into station

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.

New fire truck dedication ceremony Thursday

The new Rescue 8 truck will start serving Spokane Valley residents this week. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Spokane Valley Fire is taking a ceremony used in other cities and making it it's own. A housing ceremony for the department's new Rescue 8 truck is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Fire Station 8, where it will be housed. The station is at 2110 N. Wilbur just west of Pines and north of I-90.

The ceremony dates back to the days of horse-drawn fire equipment. The horses couldn't back the carriage into the fire stations, so the firemen had to do it themselves. There won't be any horses at Thursday's ceremony, but Chief Mike Thompson will speak and the Spokane Valley Fire Department Honor Guard will be in attendance.

The public is welcome, particularly those strong enough to help push the truck into the station and kids who just want to admire the shiny new rig. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. 

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