Standard medical calls kicked off the first fully operational day for Spokane Valley’s reconstructed Fire Station 6 on Wednesday.
Firefighters no longer need to worry about the roof leak that plagued their former station’s apparatus room, nor a damaged kitchen from a recalled dishwasher that caught fire two years ago. They built the new station at 6306 E. Sprague Ave. right where the old one stood, torn down in March to make way for the $1.55 million project, said Deputy Fire Chief Larry Rider.
“We didn’t do much repairs because we knew it was going to be torn down,” Rider said. “We wanted to save money for the taxpayers.”
They recognized the need for a new station when fire engines and ladders could no longer fit through the garage door.
The new building means a roomy fit for the department’s new fire truck. To celebrate the additional apparatus, Rider said they maintained a fire service tradition that dates back to the days of horse-drawn fire wagons. When crews would return from a call, Rider said, they would push the wagon back into the garage. They re-created that process by inviting kids and adults from the community to stop by and help them push the new truck into the garage.
The only problem: Station 6 is built on a hill, so it took a little help from a running engine to give the truck some extra oomph.
Station 6 is the last of Spokane Valley’s stations to be replaced, completing the department’s capital plan. Rider expects the next project to be a Station 11 at Barker Road and Euclid Avenue. There’s nothing there now, but the department already owns the property, he said.
Now they’re waiting for residential growth, which would increase demand for service.