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I ( HENEY FREE PRESS I Thursday, October 8, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 ty Chief Don Crawford said. How that steward- ship works will be on prominent display this Saturday as the district is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at its headquarters on Pres- ley Drive in Cheney. The centerpiece of the event will be its recently com- pleted training center, which began with land purchase and grounc ping containers and was finished in fall 2012. Phase two was site paving and installation of concrete pads for spe- cialized training such as auto rescue, propane fire fighting training and a confined space training area. The final phase was the classroom building, which has several offices and a meeting room with an occupancy of 219, but currently configured for training of 150. The end result is a clearing in February. facility that would have 2011 and nished wit normally cost upwards of the beginning of train- ing classes in a new ad- ministration/ classroom building this past Au- gust. The idea for the cen- ter began as an idea for meeting the district'S long-range goals of pro- viding good training while also maximizing expenditures. Division Chief, and district edu- cation officer, Debby Dobson said training is always being required as fire fighting techniques are updated, but the closest facility was at Spokane Community College -a little bit of a distance for many volunteers. "It was impractical for us to go into the city of Spokane to use their facility," Dobson said: After purchasing land on the west corner of First and Presley adjacent to the headquarters building, the district slowly began to put it's training center plan together. The first phase was construction of a burn tower, which required purchasing and assembling several ship- $5 million, but which the district paid just under $1.5 million, office man- ager Debra Arnold said. All of the money came from district savings in its operating budget, which is the product of property taxes, and the expertise of district personnel. "As much as we could, we did Ourselves," Craw- ford said of the construc- tion, adding there were a couple building trades district personnel did not poss ess and which they had to use outside con- tractors to provide. File photo SCFD 3 firefighters demonstration propane fire fighting techniques to a group of international students from Eastern Washington University touring the training center in April 2014. ! One of the reasons be- hind the district's ability to save money is its head- quarters is equipped with a full shop possessing all of the tools and machines needed to retrofit, if not virtually build, firefight- ing vehicles. Many of the district's 34 total'vehicles, ranging from wildland attack rigs to pump/ten- ders to command units, Photo by John McCallum The main classroom in SCFD 3's new training center is shown above. District officials have said the room, which has an occupancy capacity of 219, is open for use by the public, with the exception of political groups. .......... f Call me today to discuss your options. Some people think Allstate only protects your car. Truth is, Allstate can also protect your home or apartment, yotJr boat, motorcycle - even your retirement and your life. And the more of your world you put in Good Hands, the more you can save. Kevin Ottosen 1826 1st St. Cheney Call or stop by to see how You're in good hands. much you can save. A,io ,oG Insurance subject to terms, qualifications and availability. Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Co.. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co., Allstate Indemnity Co. 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And even that went lons to 1,000 gallons and through the shop, being adding a 75-foot ladder outfitted with $33,000 in place of the current in modifications that in- 55-foot version. cluded different fittings, "Might be a quarter hoses and an expanded million (dollars in modi- 2,500-gallon capacity wa- fications) by the time it's ter tank. done," Gillingham said. In the bay next doorA similar vehicle new to 310 is a red and white, could range anywhere somewhat banged up from $500,000 to $1 mil- ladder truck the district lion, dependhg, g onwhat's purchased for $34,000 included. -- and which Gilling- "Can't justify that, not ham drove - from when I can refurbish it," the Brownwood Fire Gillinghamsaid. Gillingham said the refurbished engine is des- tined for Station 34 on Grove Road near Mar- Shall. It will replace a unit the district purchased in 1980, but for which no more parts are available. "This Will go where hydrants are," Gilling- ham said. "We'll use the ladder to shower water down." Besides not needing to ask residents for money, the district's efforts have also kept area residents' fire insurance ratings down. While many homes in rural areas carry fire in- surance ratings between 8 - 10, Holloway said rural homes around Cheney actually carry a rating of 5, similar to those in the city, if they are within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant and five miles of a fire station. Homes outside the 1,000 feet, but still within five miles of a station carry a rating of six. Saturday's openhouse, which runs from 10 a.m. - 3p.m. will feature live fire, extrication and rappelling demonstrations, hands-on instruction on the use of fire extinguishers, kids' activities including fire truck tours, coloring ac- tivities and a scavenger hunt along with giving the public a chance to tour the district's recently com- pleted training center. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. : Saturday 5-10:30 pro, JFK Live & Silent Auctions with Authentic Island Dinner and DeSsel by EWU Dining Services Photo Booth courtesy of Dr. Ridl, DDS Live Music by Moko Jumble and DJ X Entertainment by Star Search'Contest and EWU Hawaiian Club Beer & Wine Tasting from Latah Walla Walla Vintners, River City Brewing & No-Li Brewhouse Reserved Table of Six neral Admission ;EWU Student