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Construction underway at Galeton's new fire station

The North Weld Herald of Eaton, Colorado

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Work has begun on a new station for the Galeton Fire Protection District on a nine-acre parcel at the corner of County Roads 74 and 49.

The project has been in the works for years through planning, saving funds and securing the best location. Located on the Road 74 arterial, just one mile east of Road 51 in Galeton and one mile west of the upcoming Road 47 arterial project, the site gives good visibility, communication and access to all parts of the District.

Belford Watkins Group Architects are spearheading the project with the Galeton Fire Protection District Board and firefighters to build with the future in mind: modern training facilities, offices for both board and department officers, accommodations to house volunteers at the station as needed, and generous equipment bays designed to accommodate future apparatus needs as response demands increase.

Chief Brandon Brundrett explained the need for a new station this way, "The main way to improve response times for an all-volunteer department is to provide housing for volunteers to stage onsite in shifts. This is not an option at our present facility and our temporary use of the current off-site Annex is not the best solution. The board has spent a lot of time exploring other option residents in the area, an option the board would not consider out of respect for our neighbors."

Each aspect of designing was done with the District Mission Statement in mind, " provide a professional, timely response to the needs of the community in preparation for, during, and in recovery from emergencies." The new station and grounds will make it possible to host joint fire department trainings or other department-sponsored trainings related to the mission statement.

The Galeton Fire Protection District is in the enviable position of funding this $4.3 million-dollar project solely from tax revenues on hand due to the significant increase in agriculture and energy activity within the district. No debt has been incurred and no mill levy increase has been necessary to pay for the facility.

Additionally, the District received from local patron, Steve Wells, a generous donation of trucking to haul dirt for the initial site work, for which the Galeton Fire Protection District Board is very grateful.

Barring weather delays, Heath Construction anticipates the project will be completed on schedule in March 2016, just in time for the annual Galeton Fire Department Chili Supper which will be scheduled for late March or early April next spring to coincide with an open house for the new facility.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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