Craig Rural Fire Protection Board President Byron Willems examines a mock drawing of the live fire training tower slated for construction on Industrial Avenue behind Kmart.

Photo by Joe Moylan

Craig Rural Fire Protection Board President Byron Willems examines a mock drawing of the live fire training tower slated for construction on Industrial Avenue behind Kmart.

Weather slows training tower construction

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During its regular meeting Thursday, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District board:

• Approved, 3-0, March 21 meeting minutes.

• Approved, 3-0, fire department bills of $21,009.27.

• Approved, 3-0, pension bills of $5,200.

• Approved, 3-0, a $3,199 purchase of a push pedal pull for a XLC9000 Elliptical Machine.

• Approved, 3-0, going to bid to sell Engine 5’s skid plate and hoist.

• Approved, 3-0, a revised actuarial study.

• Heard update on quarterly pension newsletter.

Fire board Secretary/Treasurer Chris Nichols was absent from Thursday’s meeting.

— Craig Fire/Rescue’s live fire training tower was slated to go vertical this week, but three days of snow has tabled construction.

Byron Willems, president of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District board, said the training tower should come together quickly as soon as the weather improves.

Three Sons Construction is erecting the tower.

“We were supposed to start this week, but with all of the snow, we’ve been forced to put it off until next week,” Willems said during Thursday’s fire board meeting. “The foundation is laid and all of the pipe is in the ground, so as soon as it dries out a little, the tower should go up rather quickly.”

Anson Excavating & Pipe laid the pipe and the foundation, Willems said, and will continue with site preparation until the snow melts.

The live fire training tower, estimated at $1.5 million, will be on fire district property on Industrial Avenue behind Kmart.

Although the construction plans include more than 15,000 square feet of landscaping, the training tower itself has a small footprint.

The tower is white and comprises three linked structures, including a smoke room, a two-story house and the tower.

It is estimated to be 70 feet long by 30 feet wide, according to the site package. The tower stands about 53 feet tall.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 970-875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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