2314 Appleside Boulevard
Clarkston WA 99403
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Asotin County Fire District 1 completed a property purchase for a new fire station on Appleside Boulevard. The Board of Fire Commissioners approved the purchase after two public meetings, and took ownership at closing on June 30, 2014.
The fire district has outgrown its current station, also on Appleside Boulevard, which has been remodeled three times since 1950. The fire district has spent two years searching for a property large enough to accommodate its emergency operations and equipment.
Space is currently so tight that the fire district has to store emergency equipment at other facilities or outside, which reduces its usable life. The fire district also needs training space, and separate sleeping and shower facilities for male and female firefighters. These issues can be resolved with the new property. The building on the property will meet the emergency needs of our community for about $5 million less than a brand new one.
The new fire station will be completed in three phases. Phase 1 was the property purchase, which the fire district accomplished without raising taxes.
Phase 2 could take two to five years to complete, and includes plans to renovate the building as well as add bays for emergency equipment and apparatus storage. The fire district plans to pursue a federal grant, However, there is only one grant of this kind and it is a very competitive process. The fire district completed a required wage survey of our community at the end of 2015 and applied for the Community Development Block Grant in summer 2016.In fall 2016, the district was awarded $750,000 of the $1,000,000 grant requested to help fund building renovations for a new fire station. Taxpayer funding may be necessary to complete the project, though the grant reduces that amount significantly.