GFPD acquires land for new station
Special to the Sky-Hi News
Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 completed the purchase of five acres of land on County Road 40, the road to Willow Creek Reservoir, just off U.S. Highway 34. It will be the future site of a new satellite fire station for the fire district, situated roughly midway between Grand Fire’s central station in Granby and the Grand Lake Fire District station.
The station, officially GFPD No. 1 Fire Station Number 2, will be named in honor of Oliver “Bud” Wilson, Grand Fire Chief from 1960 to 1985. Wilson served a total of 37 years for the department. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Aug. 17, according to Assistant Chief Schelly Olson. A specific timeline for the construction of the station isn’t set, but should be underway in the next two to three years, Olson said. The parcel was purchased from Northern Water for $80,000 with funds from the fire district’s cash reserves. Grand Fire procured an exemption for the station at the Jan. 12 County Commissioners meeting. The station would be located four miles from the border between the Grand Fire District and the Grand Lake Fire District.
The location was selected from a range of options based on studies conducted by the Insurance Services Office, a consulting firm that looks at data including emergency calls and population in order to determine the most strategic location for emergency services. Based on their analysis, the County Road 40 location was the best option, Olson said.
Grand Lake Fire and Grand Fire have a mutual aid response agreement, meaning that both departments’ assets and personnel can be made available on short notice for emergencies in either district. Olson noted the $80,000 price tag for the five acres was a comparatively low price, and that negotiations were a strong showing of collaboration between two public agencies.
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