Fire station opens at airport |

Fire station opens at airport

As of July 1, a new interagency cooperative fire station will be fully staffed at the Truckee Tahoe Airport District.

Martis Peak Fire Station, located across from the Bank of the West building, will house California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection personnel and equipment as well as Truckee Fire Protection District Station 96, and will be not only available to the Martis Valley community, but it’s close proximity to the airport will help serve potential plane crash and rescue needs.

The $1.4 million facility is 12,000 square feet, is on approximately 1.45 acres of land leased to both fire agencies by the airport district at an inexpensive rate of $1,000 per year.

The building holds one TFPD fire engine and one ambulance, local CDF offices and staff, two CDF stations and the area forester for forest service needs. The facility will also house a local Haz/Mat unit.

“This is just a continuance of the really strong interagency cooperation in this area,” TFPD Chief Mike Terwilliger said. “We would like to thank the airport district board for having the vision and imagination to build an interagency facility that will benefit our entire community.

CDF, which has been operating out of a trailer next to Truckee Fire Station 92 for nine years, will have primary offices in the new building, which will staff 16 CDF personnel as well as equipment.

“It’s a shining example of seamless interagency cooperation which will deliver that same cooperative service to the airport district and the surrounding community,” CDF Battalion Chief Bryce Keller said.

Phred Stoner, interim general manager for the airport district, is pleased with the joint facility, especially its proximity to the airport, which will greatly increase response time for airport emergencies.

“It seems like a long time ago that we started talking about this and now that we’re here, with the fruition of this project, we’re thrilled,” Stoner said. “The Martis Valley community should be thrilled about the proximity of the fire station to their homes.”

Fire personnel will also be available to train and assist airport staff.

The community will be invited to see the station in an open house, the date to be announced.

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