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Glenshire fire station to break ground after awarding of $1.463 million contract

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Sun File PhotoA 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.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The fire district’s plans to expand and modernize the Glenshire station are moving forward this spring.

The Truckee Fire Protection District awarded a $1,463,000 contract to Hilbers Inc., with plans to convert the existing engine bays into living quarters and to build new, larger apparatus bays that will station more people and equipment in Truckee’s eastern subdivision.

and#8220;Our intent is to house two engines and#8212;-one structure and one wildland, along with one ambulance,and#8221; said Gene Welch, public safety and information officer for the district.

In the past, the station at the corner of Manchester and Dorchester drives has housed one structure fire engine, he said.

and#8220;We’re playing catch up because of growth,and#8221; Welch said in a previous interview. and#8220;We’re on the extreme end of the district out here.and#8221;

The project will be paid for with development fees already collected, he said.

Construction is slated to start in early May, according to the district, and be completed early spring 2011.

During that time, firefighters and equipment will operate out of the old Glenshire Mutual Water Building, 14630 Glenshire Drive, near the west entrance to the subdivision.

Fire services, such as burn permits, can be obtained at the temporary location, but the district stressed calling 911 in an emergency rather than going to the station.

To learn more, go to http://www.truckeefire.org or contact Gene Welch, Public Information Officer for Truckee Fire Protection District at 582-7635.

Truckee resident Denny Dickinson took issue with the fact that most of the contractors and subcontractors on the fire station project are not from Truckee.

and#8220;The fire department acted legally, but that doesn’t mean it’s moral,and#8221; Dickinson said. and#8220;There is an obligation to keep our money in the community and#8212; jobs are leaving, sales tax is falling and Truckee is dying on the vine.and#8221;

Welch said the district as a government agency is constricted in the project bidding process.

and#8220;We’re required to take the lowest acceptable bid,and#8221; Welch said. and#8220;We cannot discriminate any bidder whether they’re local or not.and#8221;

Last May the Town of Truckee enacted policies to give some preference to local contractors for town projects, but the policies do not apply to other government agencies like the fire protection district.