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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO TECHNICAL RESCUE 911 CALL


09/29/21
               

For Immediate Release:

September 29, 2021

Contact:

Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire Department

509-892.4155

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE RESPONDS TO TECHNICAL RESCUE 911 CALL

EXCAVATION CREW HITS GAS LINE

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) responded to the 5900 block of east 11th Avenue around 2 p.m. where work crews were digging a trench.  During digging, construction crews hit an Avista gas line.  Workers were able to get out and away without harm.

Upon arrival SVFD crews found an approximate 11 feet deep unstable trench with gas leaking from the hit line. Crews secured the surrounding area until Avista was able to secure the line and turn off the gas.

The unstable trench was of concern because of the depth and the unstable conditions of the soil and exposed rock.

Spokane Valley Fire would like to remind you, “call before you dig (811).”  Heed the information provided by Avista and the locate company.  Stay within the distance provided by the locating agency for utilities underground.  It is also required at certain depths to have shoring in place when digging a trench.  Spokane has unique soils that will collapse in certain conditions and can potentially cause an entrapment.  Make sure before digging a trench to heed those depth regulations.

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About Spokane Valley Fire Department
The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000+ over 75-square miles, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2020, our cross-trained Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics responded to more than 18,700 emergency calls.

Established in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and by SVFD’s Class 2 fire insurance rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau

Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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