Firehouse for sale; rural department needs funds

East Orchard Mesa Fire District wants to build larger station

Firefighters with the all-volunteer station of the East Orchard Mesa Fire Protection District run into problems every time they respond to a fire.

For the past 10 years, the rural department with about a dozen volunteers has crammed three firefighting vehicles into a garage built for two vehicles at 579 36 Road. When the vehicles are in the garage, there is barely enough space to walk in the firehouse. Driving the vehicles out of the station quickly is difficult.

“It’s kind of a difficult spot to expand,” fire district board of directors president John Cox said of the firehouse.

To that end, the board wants to build a new firehouse to the west, on the site of the old community club, 540 35.5 Road. The property was donated to the fire district.

Board members want to build a steel building with four bays, using fire district funds and proceeds from the sale of the current firehouse. The plan would not require additional taxes or fees from residents, Cox said. The department has a yearly budget of approximately $16,000.

“I think overall it will be a good thing for the firefighters,” Cox said. “It shouldn’t cost the district anything.”

Anyone who is interested in purchasing the firehouse should contact a board member or Cox. He can be reached at 464-0632.

Because the firehouse “has a certain charm,” board members are calling a meeting to gauge community response to their idea. Residents in the fire district are invited to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. June 10 at the firehouse.

The department also is seeking additional firefighters, preferably people who can respond during daytime hours.

In 2007, volunteers responded to about 35 calls. In 2008, volunteers responded to 27 calls.


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