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Mountain View Fire Rescue has moved into a new maintenance facility after spending years inside a building officials said is too small.
The new facility at 5322 County Road 7 in Erie replaces a repurposed fire station in Dacono.
“It barely fit a couple of engineers and an ambulance,” Mountain View Assistant Chief of Administration Jeff Webb said of the building in Dacono. “It was undersized when we started using it over 10 years ago.”
He said when technicians needed to repair the ladder truck, they would have to work outside because it wouldn’t fit inside the building.
“Since then, we have taken on fleet maintenance for a number of other agencies as well,” Webb said. “With the newer, larger facility, we are hiring more emergency vehicle technicians so that we can increase the number of trucks that can be worked on.”
The new 23,100-square-foot maintenance facility in Erie features 34-foot ceilings to allow staff to raise ladders and work under the trucks. It also has space for the district to store equipment in one area.
“We have spare equipment scattered in stations throughout the district, hose in one place, firefighting gear in another, EMS supplies in another,” Webb said. “We can now begin consolidating all of that in one location and institute a quartermaster system to store, track, distribute, and maintain all of the equipment and supplies.”
It also has five drive-thru truck bays , an area to test equipment and space for central receiving.
The new facility’s budget was $5.6 million, and the district received a Department of Local Affairs grant for $1 million. It was built on 4 acres donated by Anadarko Petroleum.
Construction began last summer and was completed ahead of schedule, according to a news release. The general contractor was Elder Construction.
Plans also include building a fire station on the north portion of the site as Erie continues to grow and the demand for fire and emergency services increases.
A new station will be built once the area around the facility begins to build out and the call volume warrants it, Webb said.
Once everything is moved out of the old facility, Mountain View will transfer it to the city of Dacono, but he doesn’t know what the city’s plans are for the site.