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Ft. Lupton Fire District reopens Station One

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Completion of project allows FLFPD to expand with new firefighters

By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON — The Fort Lupton Fire Protection District celebrated the grand re-opening Aug. 24 of Station One at Denver Avenue and 11th Street.
    Fire Chief Phil Tiffany said the project had been in the planning stage for years.
    “We broke ground Feb. 1 of 2013, and it was turned over to us about a week ago,” Tiffany said. “So it’s been a long two-and-a-half-year process.”
    The project came in on time and on budget at $1.2 million.
    “We wanted to keep the existing facility because it was much more cost effective to stay with the existing facility,” Tiffany said. “So we stayed with what already existed; we added on to it. We added 10 rooms, that was really with the thought of making room for growth in the future.”
    Tiffany said the expansion of station one was designed to be energy efficient.
    “We put solar tubes in, LED lighting, we put extra foam and insulation in — and it made it all more efficient,” Tiffany said. “So we really tried to make it a good living environment for our firefighters, who are going to be moving in here starting Sept. 9. And they’ll be out of this station.”
    The only delay that came up during construction was a damaged sewer line.
    “With an old project like this, you’d think there’d be more problems, but it was nearly none,” Tiffany said. “This was a renovated station that we took over in 1978. Before that, it was a farm implement dealership.”
    Reducing response times citywide, the station will house a minimum of two people at all times, with between four and 10 personnel on duty. A full complement of fire trucks and apparatus will also occupy the station, further boosting response capabilities.
    “Today, it’s a state-of-the-art fire facility that’s a great environment for our fire fighters,” Tiffany said. “Really, fire fighters are going to live here for a third of their life. They’ll spend a lot of hours here, so we want to find ways to help them be a little bit more comfortable when they’re here.”
    In addition to celebrating the reopened station, the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District also welcomed new firefighters to the team.
    “We swore in five new firefighters,” Tiffany said. “And we have one promotion. We had a swearing in and a badge-pinning.”
    Kenny Rosales was promoted to engineer. Rosales joined the department as a volunteer in 2005. He was hired on as a career firefighter in 2007.
    The new additions to the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District are Walter Adams, Kevin Reed, Nick Spendlow, Brian VanBeber and Mark Williams.
    Adams, who joined the force in 2008, attended Fort Lupton Fire Academy for the Firefighter I certification, and after that, he attended Aims Community College to gain his EMT certification. In addition, he has received his Firefighter II and Driver Operator Pumper certifications after attending Southeast Weld Fire Academy.
    Reed has been a volunteer with the Ft. Lupton Fire Protection District for the last two and a half years where he has been on-duty almost every Sunday. On top of the standard firefighter training, Reed has also attended Technical Rescue School with West Metro Fire and is a certified technician for the self-contained breathing apparatus the firefighters use.
    Spendlow, who coached football at Fort Lupton High School, joined the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District in 2011 as a volunteer. In the fall of 2012, Spendlow attended the Fort Lupton Fire Department’s Firefighter I Academy. This year, he attended Front Range Community College where he obtained his EMT-Basic certification.
    VanBeber received his Firefighter I certification in 2001, but took time off to focus on his family. He returned to his dream of being a firefighter in 2009 when he joined the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District. He completed the Firefigher I Academy and went on to obtain his EMT-B certification through Aims Community College in 2012.
    Williams, a former Marine, is certified as a wild land fire fighter. He attended the Fort Lupton Fire Academy, and he received his EMT-B certification through Front Range Community College.
    The Fort Lupton Fire Protection District also said goodbye to two firefighters who retired.
    Gordon Alexander has been a Fort Lupton firefighter for more than 30 years, and he has held every officer position in the department. He was elected fire chief at age 30 in 1990. He intends to continue serving the department as the treasurer for the board of directors.
    Ken Rosales, a 1982 alumnus of Fort Lupton High School, joined the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District as a volunteer in 1990. His son was one of the new Fort Lupton fire fighters welcomed to the force this weekend. Rosales plans to stay on with the department as a retired fireman.

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Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.