Springtime will mean a time of renewal for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
Bids are out for a new fire station with work to begin in March, and the move-in dates to the new administration building are set for April 12-13, reported Deputy Chief Larry Rider at Monday’s fire commissioners meeting.
The department is currently soliciting bids for the reconstruction of Station 6, located on Sprague Avenue near the Interstate 90 overpass. Bids are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, and will be opened at 4:15 p.m. to what Rider expects to be a “little bit bigger crowd” than usually shows up for the meetings.
The job won’t be awarded for construction of the station, which is estimated to cost around $2.3 million, until Feb. 27 to give staff time to study the bids, Rider said.
Meanwhile, work continues on the administration building, which is located on property adjacent to Station 8 at Wilbur and Montgomery. An open house for the public to tour the new department headquarters will be scheduled for later in the spring.
Meanwhile, the recent snows have renewed department calls to citizens to clear snow away from fire hydrants. Fire crews need quick access to the hydrants in case of fire emergencies.
Also, there will be an open house at Station 3, 2218 N. Harvard Road, on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will be asked to submit potential names for the station. For more information, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.
Finally, Fire Chief Mike Thompson told the commissioners that Exxon recently awarded the department a check for $2,500.
“(Exxon) has been a great community partner,” Thompson said, adding that prior contributions have been used to pay for laptop computers and interactive fire-simulation training software.
The next fire commissioners meeting is set for Monday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m .at Station 8.
In other news, the Spokane Valley Fire Department assisted in controlling a blaze that destroyed a home in the 12600 block of North East Newman Lake Drive shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday.
All three family members got out of the house safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Spokane Valley Fire has a mutual-aid agreement with Newman Lake Fire District 13.