The groups will meet in Grand Ballroom C at 1:00 p.m. for a briefing before proceeding to the hotel lobby to board the buses. Due to limited capacity on the tour, priority will be given to Steering Committee members if demand is greater than availability.
The workshop will begin at the Spokane Waste to Energy Plant - part of the Spokane community's overall comprehensive solid waste system that encourages recycling and waste reduction along with the recovery of energy. The facility burns municipal solid waste to recover energy in the form of electricity. The facility can handle up to 800 tons of municipal solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 13,000 homes. The power is sold to Avista, a local utility provider and earns about $5 million in power sales annually. Participants will then tour the nearby Aero-Flite facility to view the planes and visit with the CEO about their operations to suppress wildfires throughout the west. Aero-Flite has been in the aerial firefighting business since 1963. They operate Boeing B-17s, C-54, DC-4s and CL-215s as well as the Viking CL-415 and the Avro RJ85. They have grown from operating converted military aircraft into operating modern, purpose-built and engineered firefighting aircraft.