Craig/Fire Rescue proposes 2nd fire station

In other news

At its regular meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital Board:

• Approved, 7-0, medical staff privileges for Thomas J. Young, oncologist/hematologist.

• Approved, 7-0, the recommendations from the joint conference committee that included the credentialing of fluoroscopic privileges to all previously approved clinical privileges, plus neurology clinical privileges; nurse practitioner general clinical privileges; certified registered nurse anesthetist clinical privileges; physician’s assistant orthopedic surgery clinical privileges; physician’s assistant general clinical privileges; and clinical nurse specialist psychiatric and mental health clinical privileges.

• Approved, 7-0, an authorization to extend Dr. J. Scott Ellis’ contract within OB/GYN guidelines.

• Approved, 7-0, emergency medicine guidelines.

• Approved, 7-0, an authorization to employ emergency medicine physician Dr. Tinh Huyn.

K.C. Hume, battalion chief for Craig Fire/Rescue, said the need for a firefighter training facility has grown in recent years.

“We can’t just go and burn a house down anymore,” he said.

Hume was referring to the practice of burning down donated buildings for training purposes. He said Environmental Protection Agency regulations on smoke pollution, handling of asbestos and more has removed that option from consideration.

In its place, Craig Fire/Rescue has considered another option — a second fire station with training facilities. The proposed “Station No. 2” would be located just south of The Memorial Hospital on property currently owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Representatives from the volunteer fire department made their case at the hospital’s board meeting Thursday night.

“If this does come to fruition, we just want you to be in the information loop,” Hume said to the board.

The presentation was led by Todd Ficken, executive director of F&D International — a program management company.

Ficken said he is not an architect. Rather, his role is to help the fire department conceptualize the project so it can be presented to architects for bidding.

Ficken provided draft diagrams of the facility in a slideshow presentation.

He said the station would include four bays for vehicles, living quarters for firemen, a five-story training tower, a separate building for live fire exercises and an education room with stadium-style seating.

The fire department hopes to broker a land transfer from CNCC, Ficken said.

He said the two groups are still in early discussions, but CNCC has considered adding a fire science degree to its curriculum.

As such, the education room is crucial to the deal.

The five-story tower would not be used for fire exercises, but rather physical training, Ficken said.

“Rookies will be able to run up and down the tower carrying 300 pounds of fire hose,” he said.

The live fire building would be located in a gulch west of the proposed fire station.

He said the prevailing western winds suggest that smoke wouldn’t be an issue for the hospital. Also, the live fire exercises would be infrequent.

“We’re only anticipating one training fire per month,” Ficken said.

Hume said the duration of the training exercises vary, but persistent smoke wouldn’t be an issue.

“The live fire piece is 15 to 20 minutes,” Hume said of each exercise.

Ficken said the proposed location makes sense.

“The location is on the west side of town. That’s where the growth is,” he said.

Battalion chief Dennis Jones added that Craig homeowners could experience a tangible benefit from the second station.

He said improved response times to homes on the western side of Craig could mean a reduction in home insurance premiums.

Board member Tinneal Gerber asked if there are any other training facilities nearby.

Hume said there are live fire training facilities in Hayden and Rifle.

Board member Forrest Luke asked how long the project would take to complete.

Hume said the timeline is uncertain.

“This is the early stages,” he said. “This is more of a feasibility study.”

At the conclusion of the presentation, Ficken stressed that residents would not experience a tax increase to pay for the proposed facility.

Jones said the money had been raised through a voter-approved mill levy in 2006.

“Part of the mill levy was for capital improvements,” he said. “It’s the wishes of the public.”

Comments

als362 3 years, 6 months ago

I think if the fire dept. is going to build a new building, they should do this. Instead of building and maintaing two seperate structures, one new building should be erected. This building should be so big that it will be ages before it is deemed too small and house everything the fire dept. needs or wants. Having everything under one roof will ultimately be cheaper and easier to maintain and organize. And I think this new building should be built across the street from the safety center to put the emergency services all in the same place.

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Jon Pfeifer 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree with als. Why would a town this size (and not growing) need two fire stations? Is it that difficult to go all the way to Hayden once a month to train? The time it takes to get from Yampa to the west side of town is what 3 minutes (when you drive through the lights). I seriously doubt there will be much of a difference in insurance premiums (in fact, the companies will probably raise rates because of the increased risk of having live fires burning near your home once a month). I can think of about 100 capital projects this town needs more than a second fire station. Nothing in this article indicates that the current fire station is inadequate.

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xrsareus 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't think any firefighter is going to carry 300lbs of hose anywhere.

Quote "As such, the education room is crucial to the deal". If the college is already building classrooms at their location north of the hospital why is another class room crucial?

A five story training tower just for physical training? What about learning to advance hoses up stairs in multi-level building? Craig is getting more taller building and I bet the power plant has a few stairs. What about rope rescue? Alot of money just for PT.

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David Moore 3 years, 6 months ago

There is nothing wrong with building a 2nd station and spreading out the fire department, they are overcrowded somewhat in the current building. A training tower is pushing it a little and I agree they can drive 17 miles to train for that once a month. I'm all for a 2nd station, safer for all of us.

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pbcint 3 years, 5 months ago

Why is the elected Fire Board hiding behind the Battalion Chief? Why isn't the board telling us what they want to do with the excess money? Isn't that why we elect the Fire Board?

What equipment would be permanently moved from Station 1 to Station 2? Would the current system with the two batallions be changed? How would two stations affect the first response?

If the board wants support from the taxpayers, they should be providing us with more information. Oh, how much money is being paid to the consultants, F & D International? Is this another German company?

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justthefacts 3 years, 5 months ago

Makeup Fact: "The wishes of the public is that a training center not be built". ( Remember the last two votes on this issue,the public said No No and No!!!!!)

Makeup Fact: The fire department has promulagated these insurance going up lies before.

Makeup Fact: Insurance going up is Not going to happen in a small town, and if if did what does your insurance cost anyway?

Fact: If the Fire Department has this kind of money, we need to suspend the mill levy and recieve a refund. ( I will take a check!!!)

Fact: I thought the money was for a million dollar ladder truck that no one else in the country has, not even New York City?

Fact: Craig has it!!!

Fact: The Tax payers got it put to them again. ( I want my refund!!!

Just The alarming makeup Facts.

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justthefacts 3 years, 5 months ago

FACT: Pcnt is correct, there is an elected fire board.

Fact: It is the Board's responsibility to negotiate contracts, NOT FIREFIGHTERS.!!!!!

Fact: The Board is usually made up of retired firefighters and very close friends of the firefighters. (The elections are rigged and closely guarded !!!)

Fact: The board just makes sure that there is lots and lots and lots of money in the retirement fund so they can give themselves raises every year.

Fact: The Firefighters prresening this proposal to TMH overstepped their bounds.

Fact: The Firefighters call themselves a brotherhood,

Comment: That is what the mafia calls their members.

Fact: The elected fireboard needs some new blood,

Fact: The fire district has been saving money at the public's expense, without the taxpayer's permission.

Fact: I WANT MY REFUND ! ! ! !

Just The gangsta Facts.

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kp81625 3 years, 5 months ago

Again, I say this again and again. I will not support any thing that says my taxes are going up. If they want it bad enough, they will figure out a way to get it with pinching my pocket. I'm strapped enough!!! If indeed they have the reserves, then let them pay for it out of pocket. I will vote no on this...

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jeff corriveau 3 years, 5 months ago

I supported the previous mill levy vote ONLY because I wanted to see our firefighters have good equipment. Not only for them but for us; the taxpayers. I was told that in NO WAY would the district be coming back for another fire training facility. Now they are and we should put a quick and decisive end to this now. Read very carefully and you will see that they are also "conceptualizing" a living quarters which tells me we are back to the idea of a FULL time fire department again, which they also said they would abandon. I trust our firefighters but DO NOT TRUST the board and the commanders. Stop the craziness before it gets out of hand! PLEASE

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