Here’s the caption that appeared with this photo in March 1970: IN NEW QUARTERS. Busy today in the new alarm room of the Spokane Fire Department are (from the left) Ted E. Mills, chief dispatcher; Oscar L. Osgood, fire alarm operator, and Joe R. Blazek, trainee.
Dan Pelle photo
Spokane city officials are requesting a demolition permit to remove the city’s former fire alarm center on Havermale Island. It was built in 1922 by Washington Water Power. The city already plans to tear down the former downtown YMCA, which was built in the mid-1960s.
Courtesy Avista Utilities photo
Washington Water Power, which has since changed its name to Avista, built the city’s former fire alarm center as a storage vault in 1922. The electric company leased the building to the city in the 1960s free of charge to use as a fire alarm center. Spokane’s then fire chief said that underwriters had recommended that the dispatch center be moved outside of city hall to a separate, fireproof building, according to an article in the Spokane Daily Chronicle in 1966,