Fire district wins grant, plans to build station in Trinidad
Grant County Fire District No. 3 has plans and funding lined up for a new fire station in Trinidad to replace the one lost to renovations of the Crescent Bar Recreation Area.
Plans for the new station include living quarters and resident firefighter rooms, which will allow for better service with quicker response times and more staffing, according to information from GCFD3.
Currently, the Crescent Bar/Trinidad area is served by volunteer firefighters in addition to emergency response from Fire Station 31 in Quincy.
The fire district is working on the preliminary steps and aims for completion of the new station in spring 2020.
On Feb. 25, Grant County Fire District No. 3 was awarded a Strategic Infrastructure Program grant for a total of $187,500 with a 0 percent loan of $62,500. The grant from the Grant County Commissioners enables GCFD3 to start the process of building in the Trinidad/Crescent Bar area, according to GCFD3. The remainder of the funding will come from district reserves and an additional loan.
The Crescent Bar/Trinidad community has been receiving fire protection since October 2016 without a proper facility to house emergency equipment, according to GCFD3. Formerly, Fire Station 37 in Crescent Bar was housed in a building that was owned by Grant PUD. In its extensive renovation and redesigning of the Crescent Bar recreation area, Grant PUD demolished the building.
Currently, a fire engine is housed in the Crescent Bar golf course maintenance building, and a wildland engine and water tender are housed in a rented private shop on Stuhlmiller Road. Neither facility is optimal for emergency response to the service area, according to GCFD3.
The SIP grant will allow GCFD3 to build a station on property owned by the fire district in the Trinidad area. The location is more central than the previous station and will allow faster response times to a greater coverage area, according to GCFD3. The new station will also allow continued automatic mutual aid response in Douglas County.
By Post-Register Staff