Grant County Fire District Three has a shiny new building in the Trinidad area.
The district moved into its seventh station, Station 37, in early January, Fire Chief Don Fortier said. The building is a 4,500 square foot clear span steel building that cost about $600,000 to build. It contains a fire engine, a water tender and a brush truck with three 50-feet deep bays and 14-by-14 foot doors.
“This station will respond to anywhere within five road miles and goes clear into Douglas County,” Fortier said.
The building isn’t completely done, it still needs an exhaust vent, a sign outside, they need to commission a well and more, he said. The contractor had six months to complete the project, though, and got the majority of the structure up in close to four months.
The district also plans to add living quarters for four resident firefighters someday, Fortier said. It left space to do the project, but it will be a few years before it is done. The district needs to find roughly $200,000 to complete the expansion, including adding a sprinkler system.
“It will just be an apartment for four guys, four small bedrooms and a kitchen, a dayroom, laundry facilities, de-con area, EMS closet,” he said. “Dorm style, nothing special, but they can live here.”
The district used to have a station down at Crescent Bar about four years ago, he said. But the building belonged to Grant County PUD and it no longer worked for them to stay there. The new building is much bigger, though, and better for the district’s equipment.
“It was a converted bath house that we knocked some block walls out, put some garage doors in and the trucks just barely fit in,” Fortier said. “This is definitely a step up.”
The area doesn’t get a lot of calls, about one a week, but it protects a lot of property and its presence will improve the cost of fire insurance for residents, he said.
Station Captain Randy Zolman said the goal of Station 37 now is to increase the number of volunteer firefighters, they have four right now and need six. He was waiting on getting the station completed before he pushed to increase participation.
“It is pretty tough to get people excited if they can’t see anything,” Zolman said.
By Tony Buhr, email@example.com