The Windsor-Severance Fire Protection District will begin serving the Town of Severance with a new 11,077-square-foot fire station on Feb. 8, when the district will retire the flag at the old Station 2 and parade down to the new station two at 9 Tiber Ridge Parkway.
The new station sits on five acres of land that developer Stan Everitt donated to the district, saving the district about $250,000, Fire Chief Herb Brady said. The Town of Severance recently purchased a bank on the adjacent property to use as a new town hall, and Brady said the vision is to possibly use the remaining space around the new station for partnerships between the town and the district.
“There’s a park across the street where kids like to fish,” Brady said. “It’s designed for the community. We want them to use it. We want this to be the centerpiece of the community. ” Ian Gordon, an engineer who’s been with department seven years, said he is excited about the new station.
“It’s more inviting to the community,” Gordon said. “It will allow us to run more efficiently and people will know where we are. We want to be prominent, it does the town good and any time you get the chance to interact with the people you’re serving, it’s great. I wanted to become fireman after I visited a fire station as a kid.”
The district’s old station has been serving the town for the past 12 years, but it lacks the space necessary to hold all the equipment that firefighters need to for all of their calls, meaning Severance firefighters occasionally have to return to Windsor to pick up equipment they may need on a certain call, Brady said.
“It’s too small for a tender,” he said. “There’s also no way to wash and dry a hose or wash and dry gear if it gets dirty.”
The district broke ground on the new station, which will cost $2 million, last May.
To finance the new station, the district refinanced its 1999 lease purchase on station one in 2007 and again with a participation certificate in 2012, freeing up $1.3 million for the district, Brady said.
“With our income we couldn’t afford more money going out the door,” Brady said. “We also knew we needed a new station and didn’t want to raise taxes. The market was at an all-time low and we were able to free up $1.3 million.”
The remaining $700,000 came from the district’s capital budget, he said.
“It’s designed to be large enough and able to expand to be able to serve the community for the next 100 years,” Brady said.
To save money, the district used the same architect and general contractor it used to design and build Station 3, Allred & Associates and Dohn Construction.
“We spent a lot of money on the station three design,” Brady said. “Why try to reinvent the wheel?”
The new station can hold the various vehicles and equipment that firefighters use, like water-carrying tenders and brush trucks, which Brady said is important because many areas in Severance don’t have fire hydrants.
It includes an elevated area firefighters can use for confined space training, repelling and practicing throwing ladders. Brady said the space is useful because firefighters train every day.
There are six bedrooms for the crews, complete with beds, desks, closets, chairs and bathrooms, and a workout room where firefighters can fit in their mandated hour of exercise each day.
“The guys are really excited. It’s going to be a lot different,” Brady said.
The building will have a foyer accessible after hours with an emergency phone a defibrillator for those who need assistance. It will also have a meeting room available for rent to local business and for free to local nonprofits. The room will be sectioned off from the rest of the building so it can be accessed while still locking off the secure areas of the building.
Brady said most of the equipment will be moved in a few days before the stations opening ceremony, scheduled at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 8. He said the flag will be retired at the old station and paraded down to the new station in a procession of bagpipes.