Incline fire station is set to open on time
INCLINE VILLAGE – With fresh paint on the walls, electrical and plumbing finished and the elevator set to be installed next week, construction on the new North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District station on Tanager Way is nearly finished.
“The job is going great,” said West Coast Contractors superintendent Gary Wiley. “The building itself is scheduled to be completed the first week of May and when the snow melts we’ll finish up the site work.”
The $6 million, 22,000-square-foot station, slated for its grand opening in July, will house all the men, women and equipment currently crammed into the 40-year-old station at the intersection of Oriole and Tanager. The current facility, roughly 10,000 square feet, doesn’t meet current seismic codes.
“The biggest difference is that we’ll be able to park all of our vehicles inside and this building will meet and exceed federal seismic building codes,” battalion chief Scott Sutter said.
“When the current building was built in the 1960s it was slated to last 40 years,” said Fire Chief Jim Linardos. “It has, and now were building a new one that will last as long, if not longer.”
In addition to six garage bays, each more than 20-feet tall, Sutter said the new station has a great many upgrades and amenities.
“In front of both stairwells are touch-free wash stations for crews to clean up after a call, we’ve got a new clean (decontamination) room, storage rooms for all our gear on the main floor,” Sutter said. “(The station also features) separate washers and dryers for personal and emergency gear, a stand-by generator that will power the entire building and best of all – upgraded living quarters.”
Firefighters and paramedics who are currently sleeping in a 10-bed bunk house setup and using a communal bathroom will move into 12 dorm-style rooms, each with a residential bathroom, desk, bed and lockers.
“It will be really nice to have private rooms,” said paramedic Bruce Toy. “In the new station we’ll have more room to train and the community meeting room will be a great place to host meetings and volunteer events, such as the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.”
Toy also said that having new washing facilities and an upgraded gym will be nice.
With residential bathrooms and private rooms the new station will also be much more accommodating to female firefighters, said fire captain Chris Magenheimer.
As crews worked Friday to wrap up the rock veneer on the exterior of the building, Sutter praised contractor’s work ethics despite the snow and cold weather.
“We’ve done little upgrades as the building came together and the contractors have been very flexible and accommodating,” he said. “We’re very fortunate to have the team of builders and architects that we do on this job.”
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