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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 renovated building will serve as a new, larger fire station to accommodate volunteer firefighters, apparatus and equipment for the next 50 years.
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 includes plans to renovate the building as well as add bays for emergency equipment and apparatus storage. The fire district pursued and was awarded a federal grant to fund a portion of the project. However, the district was awarded only $750,000 of the $1,000,000 grant requested to help fund building renovations for a new fire station, after the limit for the grant was lowered. Thanks to a voter-approved fire levy lid lift in November 2017, the fire district has the funding for the estimated costs of renovating the building at 2377 Appleside Boulevard.
The fire district will open construction bids on March 20, 2018 for the $3.6 million project and then begin due diligence with the low bidder. If all goes to plan, it is expected that construction would begin in April and be completed by early 2019.
The third and final phase will be to sell the current station.