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The Evergreen Fire/Rescue board gave Fire Chief Mike Weege the go-ahead to negotiate a contract with F+D International based in Boulder to design and build a new Station 1. The fire board has not …
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The Evergreen Fire/Rescue board gave Fire Chief Mike Weege the go-ahead to negotiate a contract with F+D International based in Boulder to design and build a new Station 1.
The fire board has not approved spending money to build the new station.
The station, which will be on the Evergreen Mountain Market property, is expected to cost about $8 million, and the district has been saving money since 2017 to buy the property and construct the building, which is expected to be completed in 2024.
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F+D International, an architecture and engineering firm, is designing and building two fire stations for Inter-Canyon Fire, and has designed fire stations in Craig, Meeker, Littleton, Lake Dillon and more.
Fire board members said they hear the concerns of residents who want the department to spend more money on evacuation routes in case of wildfire, but they need to move forward with building a new Station 1.
The district needs a new station for several reasons:
• Jefferson County intends to widen Highway 73 starting as soon as late next year, 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.
• The district wants to move the EMTs at Station 4, which is about a mile south of Station 1, to the new Station 1 and make Station 4 a hub for wildland firefighting equipment, trucks and personnel.
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.
Fire Chief Mike Weege told the fire board on June 8 that 13 of the 26 companies that showed interest in the project submitted proposals. A committee of fire district representatives and two fire board members evaluated the proposals and narrowed the group to four.
Those four made one-hour presentations with one-hour question-and-answer periods. Weege said three really stood out, so the committee visited fire stations each had designed, and talked to fire officials in those departments about the design and construction process.
The committee had follow-up questions for the three and then narrowed the field to two. After a long discussion, Weege said, the committee settled on F+D.
“I don’t know how you could have been more thorough,” fire board member John Anderson said.
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