New Longmont fire stations could be operational in a year or less – Greeley Tribune

Shattered glass cracked under Patrick Kramer’s shoes Thursday afternoon outside two vacant 17th Avenue homes.

Shattered windows, gouged roofs and knocked down walls were signs of the drills Longmont firefighters performed in homes. But search and rescue and forced entry training have only been secondary goals for the roughly 2-acre property.

A sign indicating the location of a new fire station is visible in front of the house at 2208 17th Ave. at Longmont on Thursday. (Matthew Jonas/staff photographer)

Kramer, public information officer and engineer with the Longmont Fire Department, said the department is working to get permits to demolish the 1950s homes at 2212 and 2208 17th Ave. He said he expects the demolition to take place within the next two weeks.

Once demolition is complete, construction of the new No. 2 Fire Station is expected to begin, possibly this summer. Over the next nine to 12 months, Kramer said, firefighters hope the station will be operational.

The new building, which will include five appliance bays, will replace the department’s former Fire Hall No. 2 at 2300 Mountain View Ave.

On the south side of the city, Kramer said, demolition work is also planned in the coming weeks for the department’s former fire station No. 6, built in 1971. A new station will be built on this site, 501 S. Pratt Parkway.

“It’s necessary,” Kramer said. “It’s really necessary. It’s not like we just want a nice new station. They are just obsolete. We can only upgrade things so many times before it becomes prohibitively expensive. »

Longmont Town Manager Harold Dominguez echoed this, saying the current stations are outdated.

“These new stations will be larger, with enough room for personnel, equipment and future growth – all critical aspects for fast response times,” Dominguez wrote in an email.

Built in 1967, the Mountain View station’s apparatus bays are very narrow, with no clearance for maintenance and training. There is also asbestos in the ceiling.

The call of time reported in 2019 that the Capital Improvement Program entry for Mountain View station deemed it “problematic”, as there is no room for expansion without encroaching on neighbors or street rights-of-way. Both aisles are also located on the wrong side of a blind curve, among other design flaws.

Kramer said the same timeline applies to Fire Station No. 6, with work on the properties being done in tandem with the 17th Avenue properties. He said the hope is to have Station No. 6 operational in a year or less. Fire Station #6 will also have five drive-in device bays.

Station No. 6 crews have already left the building and are operating from a temporary facility on South Sherman Street, Kramer said.

Building the two stations will cost about $9 million, according to Kramer. The cost of acquiring the property and building the new facilities is funded by a sale of municipal bonds approved by Longmont voters in 2018.

Regarding the original Fire Station No. 2, Dominguez said the city has no plans to sell the building at this time and will assess its public safety needs to decide what to do with the space next.

Training ceased at the houses on 17th Avenue, too much damage had been done to perform any further exercises. Now Kramer looks forward to seeing how the property will serve as a fire station next.

“I will allow us to serve the city better with more space and training,” Kramer said.

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