Fire district’s Trinidad project out to bid

Grant County Fire District 3 plans to build living quarters inside its Station 37 in Trinidad.

Fire protection and emergency medical services will be enhanced when Grant County Fire District 3 completes its plan to add resident firefighters to the district’s Station 37 in Trinidad.

The station, at 23890 Road 9.8 NW, was built in 2019 and put into use in January 2020 as a volunteer station housing a fire engine, a water tender and a brush truck.

A portion of the interior space was left unfinished with a plan to build living quarters for resident firefighters someday.

The district is accepting bids until Nov. 7 for construction of those improvements. A walk-through for contractors was scheduled for Monday.

The cost of the new improvements is unknown.

“Construction costs are all over the board,” said Tony Leibelt, GCFD3 chief. “Some costs might be softening up now, so we might be able to capitalize on that.”

The 4,500-square-foot structure is made of steel and cost about $600,000 to build three years ago under Chief Don Fortier’s administration, according to a Post-Register report at the time.

As designed, a mezzanine above the living quarters could be an expendable option as a cost-saving measure. Leibelt watches a similar project at a small, rural Orondo station for comparison.

The unfinished space in the Trinidad station is about 1,800 square feet and will accommodate four sleeping rooms and other living space. The project includes sprinkler and alarm systems through the whole building.

“Trinidad does not have a municipal water system, so a water storage structure for the fire sprinklers is part of the project,” Leibelt wrote in an email. “A ground water well is already installed, but a separate fire pump for the suppression sprinklers is required.”

For water storage, a tank of about 40,000 gallons is planned.

There is no forecast date yet for completion of the project.

The station is located on the western edge of the district and of Grant County. Besides serving the Trinidad and Crescent Bar communities, it provides automatic aid to Douglas County.

“The immediate area is popular and experiencing significant growth. Completing this project will support the increased property value and population with fire and EMS response,” Leibelt wrote.