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Todd Ficken, left, of Niwot-based F&D International, LLC, an architectural and engineering firm, presents to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board a $470,529 contract with WHP Trainingtowers for the purchase of a fire training tower kit. The board approved the contract, 4-0, and is seeking to finish the tower before the end of the year.

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Craig Fire Board approves $470K training kit contract

Byron Willems: Public will support facility in time

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board met Monday night for a special meeting to discuss a purchase contract for a live fire training tower kit. The board approved a similar $470,529 contract with WHP Trainingtowers during its May meeting. That contract was contingent upon approval of a land transfer agreement between Colorado Northwestern Community College and the fire district. But, when CNCC Board members balked at the agreement fire officials initiated alternate plans to build a training tower on land owned by the fire district on Industrial Avenue behind Kmart. “I spoke to Gene Bilodeau over at the college to express my disappointment that this didn’t happen and he echoed similar sentiments,” said Byron Willems, fire board president, during the special meeting. “But, we’re moving forward. That’s why rearview mirrors are smaller than windshields.”

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