By Carlos A. Briano,
ACFR Community Outreach Specialist ~
June 7, 2018. With fire personnel, Board of Directors, contractors, architects, and other dignitaries present, Adams County Fire Rescue broke ground today on a new fire station at the corner of Pecos St. and 69th Ave. This new building will replace Station 11, currently at 7980 Elmwood Ln. The new station will be home to five apparatus and a minimum of 11 firefighters. It will have a community center and a historical museum.
”The community should be excited about this station coming to their neighborhood,” Fire Chief Pat Laurienti said. “It’s going to improve the overall safety of the neighborhood. Plus we’re going to house our old antique fire truck at our museum, display a lot of our history there with relics, photos and an interactive computerized kiosk. The public will be able to go back and learn a lot about the history of both North Washington and SWAC fire protection districts, which became Adams County Fire Rescue.”
Laurienti says the community center will truly be a center for the community.
“Home owners associations, PTA’s, sport recreation leagues, even knitting groups have used our community center,” Laurienti said. “But we’ll also have our Board meeting in that room, which are open to the public. We also plan on having CPR and first aid classes there. And of course, we’ll have Breakfast with Santa and Trick-Or-Treat Town at the new station. It’s going to be an exciting time.”
Board of Directors President Jerry Marchese said it was not difficult to get behind this great project.
“This is an excellent addition to the residents of this area,” Marchese said. “They are going to benefit in so many ways. The building is going to look fantastic, and I want to thank the Fire Chief and his staff for all the great work they’ve put into making this a reality.”
The contractor, Golden Triangle Construction, is also excited about the project.
“We can’t wait to get started,” said Lance Swanson, Senior Project Manager for GTC. “We’ve worked with ACFR before with the renovation of their Administration Building. It was a great partnership and we’re looking forward to working with them again. One of the neat aspects in the design is the energy-efficient options designed into the building, like the geo-thermal system in the station. This will pay huge dividends energy cost savings.”
Construction on the new station will commence at the end of June and is slated to be completed a year after.