KENNEWICK, Wa.,--The Kennewick Fire Department held a special ceremony today unveiling a time capsule.
Since 1977, the time capsule had been sealed inside the front wall of Station 61 on South Auburn street. Kennewick Mayor, Jim Beaver, along with firefighters and paramedics joined in on the festivities.
Kennewick Fire Chief Neil Hines said one of the items found was the cities budget book, which contained the budget for the fire department 20 years ago.
"The fire department budget then was $600 thousand dollars. Today, it's about an $8 million dollar yearly budget," said Hines.
Other items included a letter from the previous fire chief as well as a few coins. Hines also spoke about how smoke detectors save lives, but that many people fail to ensure they are working properly throughout the year.
Today's event was one of several planned celebrating the fire departments 100 years of service to the community.