Fire Station #1 needing to be replaced
Part 3 of a series on financial concerns of the Fire District
The Evergreen Fire Protection District (EFPD) has called together a Community Task Force to address declining revenues and its inability to keep pace with increases in operating costs and to fund Reserves. Replacement of Fire Station #1 is also being proposed.
- Station #1 was built in 1965; 50 years old.
- It is located just south of the dam. Proximity to historic downtown important.
- Previously used to house administrative offices, now located at Station #2 in Bergen Park.
- Currently stores seven trucks for structure and wildland fires.
Reasons why Station #1 outdated:
- Bay door openings not large enough for modern fire equipment
- Apron out front too small for largest truck to pull out – nose sticks out into traffic when closing garage door.
- Plumbing and electrical needing replacement.
- Roofing has had temporary fixes
- Windows and siding require replacement
- Back-up generator requires replacement
- Footprint too small for enlarging at that location.
- Parking across Hwy 73 necessitates firefighters crossing the highway.
- Wouldn’t need administrative offices.
- Would need sleeping quarters, kitchen, conference/training area.
- Plans to widen Hwy. 73 south of the fire station do not currently include the area that close to town, but it is a bottleneck.
- Replace Station #4 at the S curves along Hwy 73 with a larger building.
- Or find another parcel of land close to downtown.
- Ask voters to approve a bond in 2016. This would be separate from a mil levy request.
The Community Task Force will meet a third and final time this week to review the need to replace/update Station #1.
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Part 1 - Serious shortfall in fire district revenues cause for concern