Spokane County Fire District No. 4, in the midst of a five-year revitalization plan, has begun looking at replacing Station 41 in Deer Park.
Deputy Chief Randy Johnson, speaking at the May 17 Deer Park Chamber of Commerce meeting, said fire district officials have made inquiries about available property within the city limits. He has also not ruled out placing the new station near the current building on the city hall campus.
The current fire station in Deer Park was built in 1986 and has gone through many renovations in the past 26 years.
The fire district recently remodeled Station 42 in Chattaroy to allow for 24-hour staffing at that building along with permanently housing a Deer Park Ambulance.
Funding for the new station and other projects and equipment replacements will come from funds generated by voter passage of the fire district’s levy lid request last year.
In addition to a new Deer Park fire station, the five-year plan also includes the construction of a new station on Elk-Chattaroy Road near Hamilton Road.
Johnson said the fire district has already purchased the needed property. Actual construction will not start until work on the new Deer Park fire station has begun.
The final construction project, in the last year of the five-year plan, is for a fire training facility at a yet-to-be-determined site.
Equipment replacement includes three new structural fire trucks, a new water tender, a brush truck and four response vehicles along with purchasing new thermal imaging cameras.