Third fire station opens on Montrose’s west end
The Montrose Fire Protection District begins the new year with a new fire station, its third, on the city’s west end.
Staff at Station 3 at 62840 Spring Creek Road are projected to respond to more than 700 incidents per year and reduce response times by about four to six minutes.
Both Station 3 and Station 2, 65960 Racine Road, which was completed in 2007, were approved by voters in 2006 through a mill levy increase.
Construction costs of Station 3 came in $280,000 under budget on the $1.87 million estimate, Deputy Fire Chief Dale Erickson said.
Erickson said the district saved money by using the same Denver-based architect, CR architecture + design, to build both stations and by working with contractors to cut costs.
Erickson said the fire district will use the savings to pay the first payment on the building’s debt, which is slated to be paid off in 10 years.
The district hired three new firefighters to staff the new station, although the district wanted to hire nine new firefighters, Erickson said.
“We feel like we’re going to be set,” Erickson said of the district’s three stations. “We feel very fortunate that people of Montrose allow us to provide this kind of service.”