Officials all fired up about new station |

Officials all fired up about new station

Greg Masse

Shovel in hand, fire chief Mike Piper said Friday was a special day in the history of the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

He braved the morning’s chill to partake in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the department’s newest fire station up Four Mile Road.

Piper was joined by firefighters, Mayor Don Vanderhoof, architects and builders for the event.

Construction on the new station, which will be called Station 3, officially begins Monday. It is expected to open by May 2003.

The new station will be 5,000 square feet. It will include four bedrooms to house firefighters, a community room, and four bays for firefighting equipment, and is designed in the mountain contemporary style.

“This is a great day for Glenwood, and it’s going to be a good addition to town,” Mayor Vanderhoof said. “It’s going to make it a safer place to live in the south end of Glenwood Springs.”

That being said, Vanderhoof, Piper and others from the fire department, OZ Architecture and Shaw Construction dug into the ground and hoisted the first of many piles of dirt that will be moved.

“Boy, this stuff is rocky,” Piper said as he dug in.

The station, which will end up looking like a large house, is being funded by a 2001 bond issue passed by voters. It is expected to cost around $800,000.

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