EFR moves forward to replace Station 1

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/20/21

Evergreen Fire/Rescue is moving forward with replacing Station 1, approving a $640,000 contract with F&D International to create designs and engineering documents for the building. The fire board …

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EFR moves forward to replace Station 1

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Evergreen Fire/Rescue is moving forward with replacing Station 1, approving a $640,000 contract with F&D International to create designs and engineering documents for the building.

The fire board on Oct. 12 approved paying a $64,000 retainer, which is 10% of the total cost, plus $60,000 to F&D to be the project manager through construction.

The new station,to be on the Evergreen Mountain Market property, is expected to cost about $8 million, and the district has been saving about $1 million each year since 2017 to buy the property and construct the building, set to be completed in 2024.

Plans call for a 15,000- to 20,000-square-foot building with 11 vehicle bays, crew quarters, a kitchen, exercise room and meeting room.

Officials said once the plans are complete and they get construction bids, they will decide whether to begin construction. Increasing construction costs have made predicting the total price uncertain.

Fire officials say the department needs a new station because: Jefferson County intends to widen Highway 73 in 2023, which will make the area in front of the station too small for engines; newer fire engines, which are taller than older models, will not fit through the doors of the current building; and the department wants to move EMT personnel from Station 4 to the new Station 1, making Station 4 a hub for wildland firefighting equipment, trucks and personnel.

Some community members at the meeting questioned the need to spend $640,000 for design and engineering and asked why the station would cost $8 million, which they believed was exorbitant. They said more money should be used for wildfire mitigation.

“I think it will cost more (than $8 million) to build it,” resident Ken Lancaster said. “By the time you get to when you’re going to build, you won’t have enough money. Instead, you should put $500,000 (rather than $1 million) into the building, and the other $500,000 into mitigation.”

By comparison, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is preparing to rebuild two of its stations, totaling about 20,000 square feet. According to Inter-Canyon officials, the department spent about $500,000 for design plans and expects to spend around $5 million for the buildings, which have fewer design challenges than the Evergreen property.

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