The Boulder Rural Fire Protection District is hoping a move to new digs will speed response times. The district is moving into a recently remodeled home in Gunbarrel that sits at 6230 Lookout Road. The building was purchased about six months ago.
Officials say finding the new home took a great deal of work in addition to the remodel.
The district was housed for over 20 years in a 7,500-square-foot agricultural barn that had been reconditioned. It was at 5075 Jay Road. However, higher costs and the inability to expand due to zoning rules hampered the district. Additionally, the old home sat at a busy intersection making it hard for firefighters to pull out quickly when they needed to respond to a call due to traffic woes. All that pushed the district to seek a new place to call home.
The new home is in a Gunbarrel office park. The building has been empty for about five years.
The district spent nearly $2.5 million in remodeling. That plus the purchase price puts the new building price tag near $4.7 million. That’s far cheaper than what it would have cost to buy land and build a new home from scratch. Officials say that could have cost nearly $6.5 million at least.
The new home is about 18,000-square-feet. It has plenty of room for vehicles and equipment. It also has space for classes and training. The firefighters also will be able to exercise here.
Being about 2.5 miles northeast of the old home should help boost response times by several minutes. Plans are now set for a grand opening ceremony and a fundraiser including a spaghetti dinner on Sept. 24.