In an historic move for the department, the Fort Lupton Fire District broke ground Feb. 1, kicking off the start of an expansion project to boost firefighting readiness and response times in the city.
With roughly 60 percent of the department’s calls within city limits, the plan is to boost the staffing at Station One on Denver Avenue to better serve the community.
Currently, the department has two fireman on duty 24/7, based out of Station Two on the far west side of town. Adding the same compliment at Station One will shave transit times dramatically, in most cases by at least three to four minutes — a lifetime in emergency response situations. Each station’s personnel will deploy within geographically assigned zones, targeted for ready response.
To house the additional firefighters, the department is building a separate but attached set of living quarters/office space to the north of the current station. The price tag to build and renovate in support of the plan should run from $500,000 to $600,00, based on earlier estimates.
In a release from the department, FLFPD Chief Phil Tiffany provided some historical perspective and a timeline for completion.
“Station One originally was built in 1949 and used as a farm implement dealership, many people knew it as the Whitney Building,” Tiffany said. “In 1976, the Fire Department was starting to outgrow the then current station located at Fourth Street and Park Avenue and planned to relocate. On Feb. 10, 1977, after several renters and as an indoor flea market, the Whitney Building was purchased by the Fire Protection District for $175,000 to become the future home to the Fire Department.
“Almost 36 years later to the day, the place so many have called home to the beginning and end of their firefighting career will make the next step in fire protection for the community,” Tiffany said. “TC2 Construction will break ground to construct plans developed by Allred and Associates Architects, which will add much need living quarters to the facility and help to reduce response times. The project is scheduled to take 180 days to complete.”
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