Public invited to tour new Spooner Summit Fire Station |

Public invited to tour new Spooner Summit Fire Station

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service invites the public to an open house at the new Spooner Summit Fire Station from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 1.

The $1 million facility is the completion a decade-long effort to replace a 20 by 30 square foot station that lacked restroom facilities and running water, according to a statement from the Forest Service.

Half of the station’s cost was covered by federal funds and the remaining $500,000 came from ARAMARK, which operates Zephyr Cove Snowmobiling Tours at the facility during the winter.

Because of the sustainable building materials and techniques used, the building is eligible for U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification, according to the statement.

Environmentally-friendly techniques used in the station include a geoexchange heating system and the use of recycled blue jeans as insulation.

During the open house, Forest Service staff will be on hand to answer questions about the green construction techniques, the Spooner Summit Fuels Reduction Project, Forest Service Engine 44 and Patrol 44 and the job of a wild land firefighter.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. and Smokey Bear will make a guest appearance.

The fire station is located at 2367 U.S. Highway 50.

For more information, call Cheva Heck at 530-543-2608 or Lisa Herron at 530-543-2815.

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