Castle Rock showcases early designs for new fire station

Fire Station 152 will service Crystal Valley and should open in 2018

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Castle Rock residents have gotten their first peek at conceptual designs for a new $7.2 million fire station planned in Crystal Valley.

An open house Feb. 1 showcased three designs for Fire Station 152, which will be along Crystal Valley Parkway on town-owned land east of Interstate 25. The station is scheduled to open in 2018, Castle Rock Fire Chief Art Morales said.

Attendees were able to vote for their favorite design option at the meeting. All were similar in look but differed in detail, such as the type of exterior covering and type of garage doors. The fire department will present those results to town council at a later date.

“The purpose of the station is to enhance response time,” Morales said.

He explained the need is driven by demand. When an area reaches a benchmark of 300 calls a year, it warrants a station of its own, he said. Fire Station 151, which is adjoined with Castle Rock Fire and Rescue’s downtown headquarters, services central and southwestern Castle Rock. Station 152 will help alleviate that by serving southeast Castle Rock.

The town will hire 12 firefighters to work the new station — nine will be assigned to the location, working in shifts of three people a day, and the remaining threewill serve as relief personnel to cover vacations and sick time.

The station itself will have seven beds, three for the assigned firefighters and the remaining so the station could one day house a medical crew if necessary. About 60 percent of their calls are medical, Morales said.

Tamara Gruener of Kings Ridge said she attended the meeting to learn about development near her neighborhood. Gruener and others at the meeting worried sirens would cause disruptive noise for neighbors.

Morales said emergency personnel typically don’t turn on sirens until the vehicles are pointed down the street, and only use sirens when necessary.

He also said the building’s metal design helps keep construction costs down and boasts more durability.

The $7.2 million for construction, and the purchase of an accompanying fire engine at approximately $1 million, is funded through the town’s Impact Fees. A builder or developer pays impact fees when new construction occurs — following the town’s mantra that development should pay for development.

Station 152’s personnel expenses will be funded by the town’s general fund.

Financial planning for the station has been five years in the making, Morales told those at the open house, saying the town has set aside money each year.

Mike White of Kings Ridge said the station brings the first “major improvements” to that property, and called its designs “practical.”

White said he too came to the meeting to learn about the development near his neighborhood.

“The safety of a fire house being so close,” he said, “is good news.”

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