Fire officials break ground for new Martis Valley station |

Fire officials break ground for new Martis Valley station

Officials broke ground for the new Martis Valley Fire Station at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport broke last Friday and an official ceremony celebrated the agreement between the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District, Truckee Fire and Protection District and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The airport fire station, which is expected to be complete by July 1, 2000, will be a joint facility shared by the TFPD and CDF that will house equipment for both agencies.

The airport district agreed to lease the land for the station to TFPD and CDF for 50 years at approximately $1,000 per year, according to TFPD officials.

The facility will be 11,000 square feet with a 4-stall/2 deep apparatus floor that will house two engines for CDF; one engine, one ambulance and one water tender for TFPD; as well as a future crash vehicle for the airport.

Bids for the project went out in May and the job was awarded to D.G. Granade Inc. of Shingle Springs, Calif., for $1.435 million. Tri-B Inc. in Grass Valley was hired last fall as project manager, said officials.

Northstar Fire District and TFPD have hosted CDF since Oct. 1991, and both operations will move to the new facility upon completion.

According to all agencies, this is a cooperative effort of the airport, TFPD and CDF to meet their mission.

In a joint statement issued by CDF Battalion Chief Bryce Keller, Truckee Fire Chief Mike Terwilliger and TTAD General Manager Peter Soderquist, all three agencies highlighted the benefits to the new facility: “In the spirit of cooperative fire protection between three agencies, we proudly look forward to the construction of this facility to better serve the airport and the surrounding community into the 21st century. It’s a shining example of the cooperative spirit.”

The new station will help to quicken response time for airport crash and rescue as well as help serve the growing community, said Terwilliger.

TFPD personnel can also help in training and assisting airport staff.

Anne Grogan contributed to this article.

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