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Page 10 Free Press Thursday, September 27, 2012 New Fire District 3 training center will pand pabilit Old shipping containers help firefighters lean to save lives and property By PAUL DELANEY S taft Reporter To some the scene might look like the remnants of a wayward freight train that somehow veered off the tracks and deposited its containers in an orderly manner at the corner of SR 904 and Presley. But to the residents of the mam- moth area that Spokane County Fire District No. 3 serves - all 500-plus square miles of it - those former trans-ocean shipping con- tamers might someday help save lives and property. The new tram- ing center is in the final stages of construction and will open soon. District 3 Fire Chief Bruce Hol- loway said the containers represent the culmination of a long-term project to develop a training center for the district. "Our training officer started looking at various companies that build them," Holloway said. "We just happened to find a couple who do it this way." While unusual in looks, the Photos by Paul Delaney Training officer and assistant chief Bill Dennstaedt (insert) peers out of one of the windows in the new Fire District 3 training facility located along SR 904 at Presley in Cheney. The new structure will allow for a wide variety of training to take place close to home. In the main picture, workers continue to put the finishing touches on the new multi-story structure that was constructed from recycled freight containers. method used by the district makes it's just as functional as any other that's a real bargain," Holloway for a much less expensive facil- ones," Holloway said. The struc- said. "Other outfits are spending ity compared to another type of ture alone cost the district $320,000, $1 million." structure, Holloway explained. Holloway said. When everything Hollaway was familiar with "We got into this for a fairly is finished the center will pencil the concept from when he worked reasonable amount of money and out at just over $400,000. "But m a previous job. It was not ship- ping containers, but rather surplus items from oil wells, he said. The new facility not only represents a bargain for the dis- trict but will also help save time for the 120 firefighters - most of them volunteers - who will not have to travel to the Spokane area to enhance their training. Other training centers, one in the Spokane Valley, in Spokane and Fire District 9 on the north side are all at least 30 to 40 min- utes from Cheney. The construction style will also let trainers burn pallets that will be able to build heat and smoke in a confined area, making the training exercise that much more real. "It's going to be a lot more safe environment than burning houses like we've always done in the past," Hollaway explained. The new facility will ex- pand the type of train- ing exercises Deputy Chief Bill and training coordina- tor Dennstaedt and can offer. "We have the ability to put lad- ders up now on the structure we never had," Holloway said. "We have the abilitv to do rope repelling so we can repel off of a high a structure." 1 "It's going to be a lot more safe environment than burning houses like we've always done in the past." SCFD 3 Chief Bruce Holloway Walls can be built inside the various sections of the facility. "They can make it look lille a house, they can make it look like a warehouse," Holloway said. Holloway sees the facility being used almost constantly. "All the stations will use it on an ongoing basis," he said, probably two to three times a month he added. District 3 includes 10 fire stations and was first formed in 1945. The district covers "About one-third of Spokane County, the southwest corner," Hollo- way explained. While at present the training center will serve only District 3, ul- timately Holloway said he would like to open it to other departments to use, "for a small fee." None of that has been decided yet. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Identification continued from page 1 law enforcement and liquor look similar, some differences board sends out underaged retailers. "You may be wrong, like gold bands and font types patrons during a compliance From 2009 to 2012, 52 per- but be comfortable performing help give a true ID away. check, seeing if a location cent of public safety viola- ID checks." "At first glance, they could will allow minors inside, or tions in Washington revolved Officers have ways of goingkind of pass muster," Wissing to sell alcohol. Those minors, around liquor instances in-about confirming the identity said. employed by the liquor con- volving minors. Following of a person, ranging from per- In order to combat the grow- trol board, are a trustworthy that included 37 percent in group of people, Wissing said, conduct violation, which fac- tors in employee behavior, and "Most state liquor stores closed around 8 or 9 andespiteestablishment'stheir job tOcomplianceCheck on 19 percent of violations stem- at night, whereas grocery stores are open until with liquor regulations. mmg from sales or service to midnight" "They're really excellent intoxicated patrons. " citizens," he said. Wissing and other enforce- Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Officer Jeremy Wissing The passage of 1-1183 will ment officers met earlier with likely lead to an uptick in EWU administration represen- liquor sales, largely due to tatives, learning the disciplin- sonal questions to comparing ing tide of fake identification, availability, but the control ary process at the university signatures. Wissing suggested retailersboard hasn't received specific and making contacts. Today's technology trends and companies keep up to numbers. One diffie'ulty ~facing law have led some compames to speed on techniques used by"Most state liquor stores enforcement is minors look- make a profit on fake IDs. companies, closed around 8 or 9 at night, ing increasingly older, despite Wissing said one of the larger "The best thing is always go- whereas grocery stores are their real age. Wissing, whose websites, lDChief.com, was mg to be ID checking guides," open until midnight," Wiss- coverage includes Pullman, recently shut down in China. he said. ing said said checking someone's fD is Thecompany made around $25 Compliance checks can The control board works the only way to be certain, million each year in providing happen from law enforcement, with some bartenders and pa- "In Pullman, everybody fake IDs to minors. Although control board representatives tronscoming fromother states, looks young," he said to local to the untrained eye, they may or from undercover teams. The where laws can be different Cheney author John Soennichsen receives state historical award TACOMA - John Soennich- sen, a Cheney resident and au- thor, has been awarded the John McClelland Award for his Co- lumbia magazine article, "A Toe in the Water: J. Harlen Bretz's First Field Exploration of East- ern Washington's Channeled Scablands," by the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees. The article sets out in detail Bretz's initial field visit to the Eastern Washington scab- lands in 1922 that engendered of "Columbia: The Magazine of Historical Society Oct. 20 at the his theory that a massive flood, Northwest History" for its read- Washington State History Mu- not a slow retreat of glaciers, ability and general interest and seum in Tacoma at the noonlun- created the landscape, includes a monetary stipend, cheon. To reserve seats, contact The award recognizes the The award will be presentedLaura Berry at (253) 798-5899 or best article in the 2011 volume at the annual meeting of the lberry@wshs.wa.gov. __,. islon ~OPTOMETRY ;" Dr. Scott Borgholthaus from Washington. Wissing said even those not on the payroll helping a bar, by sweeping or mopping, would cause a viola- tion if they were drinking. Officers were instructed to submit their reports with great detail of liquor viola- tions, which helps the control board's monitoring process. 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