Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue officials eye site in south Windsor for potential fourth fire station
March 25, 2017
Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue
The Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue district covers a more than 100-square-mile area in Windsor, Severance and Weld and Larimer counties.
To learn more about the fire district and the services it provides, go online to http://www.wsfr.us/.
Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue District officials want to build a new fire station on a few acres of land east of Colo. 257 near Crossroads Boulevard to help deal with the town's rapid expansion.
The information was released Monday after Windsor's town board members discussed a letter from Fire Chief Herb Brady on the subject.
The plot of land, which the Great Western Industrial Park recently donated to the town of Windsor, would make an ideal spot for an additional fire station, Brady said in the letter. But before developing the concept any further, he said he wants to see if Windsor's town board would be open to the possibility.
Mayor Kristie Melendez said Monday night she's willing to hear what Brady comes up with but not eager to make any decision or do anything with the land soon.
“The key is to do this future planning while we still have options.” Herb Brady Fire Chief
Brady said Thursday morning he received a letter formally saying town officials don't yet know what they want to do with the land, but he's welcome to present his concept for the area.
That's enough for Brady to start a feasibility study. The fire district can do much of the work internally, so it won't cost too much and the possible site is exciting, he said.
Fire officials have had a challenge keeping up with Windsor's rapid growth, Brady said, especially on the southern end of town.
As soon as the economy started recovering from the recession in 2009, Brady said he knew south Windsor eventually would need its own fire station. Former agricultural and vacant land started turning into suburban homes, multi-story apartments, hotels and businesses, all of which means more work for a fire district, he said.
In 2015, when writing the district's five-year strategic plan, officials felt a need for a new station draw closer and started looking for a possible site.
The fire district has three stations in operation: one along 7th Street near downtown Windsor, one on the town's west side and another in the middle of Severance.
With GPS and other digital data, fire district officials can create maps to see what falls inside a five-minute response time from each station. The south side of Windsor has a big gap in that map, right where developers plan to build thousands of homes, said fire district spokesman Battalion Chief Todd Vess.
As south Windsor expands and requires more attention, it pulls firefighters away from other areas in the district. To best serve that area, the district will need to put a station there, and the land near Colo. 257 near Crossroads Boulevard may be perfect, Brady said.
The district doesn't yet have the number of emergency calls or revenue to support a south Windsor station, Brady said, but it will only be a matter of time until that area needs its own station. Over the past five years, the district's call volume grew between 7 and 10 percent each year. This past year, district firefighters responded to 2,786 calls for service.
"The key is to do this future planning while we still have options," Brady said.