Glenshire fire station prepares for interim relocation as expansion project nears |

Glenshire fire station prepares for interim relocation as expansion project nears

Greyson Howard
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Greyson Howard/Sierra SunA rendering of plans for the Glenshire Fire Station stands on display in front of the current station. The Truckee Fire Protection District plans to expand the station to house more firefighters and equipment.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The building that started as an engine bay in the 1970s and#8212; and now serves as the fire districtand#8217;s Glenshire branch and#8212; will temporarily relocate its operations to allow for its 2010 renovation.

The expansion to Truckee Fire Protection District Station 95, at the corner of Dorchester and Manchester drives, will provide room to house more firefighters and equipment and#8212; up to four engines and/or ambulances, compared to the current two slots, said Gene Welch, public safety and information officer for the district.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re playing catch up because of growth,and#8221; Welch said. and#8220;Weand#8217;re on the extreme end of the district out here.and#8221;

The new renovated station will also have the capacity to hold an off-road fire engine, Welch said, which is useful in wildland fire fighting.

With design complete, the project will go out to bid soon, Welch said; depending on bids, construction could start in March and take about a year.

Bids will determine the cost of the project, but the districtand#8217;s aim is to pay for the project with development fees already collected, he said.

The station started as an engine bay in the 1970s, Welch said, and a residence for volunteers was added on in the 80s, which later became the station.

During construction, firefighters and equipment will move to the old water district building on Glenshire Drive, near the western entrance into the subdivision.

The building, leased from the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, will house firefighters, an engine and an ambulance, Welch said.

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