Basalt Fire Department will show off remodeled fire house today
The Basalt Fire Department is returning to its roots.
The Fire Department will move most of its operations from Station 42 in El Jebel to Station 41 in Basalt this month after undertaking a remodel. A public open house and station dedication will be held today at 3 p.m. at 20 School St. in Basalt. The event will feature food, beverages and tours.
The Basalt station underwent a remodel budgeted at $2.7 million. The project came in under budget and ahead of schedule, according to Deputy Fire Chief Pete Bradshaw. Voters approved funding in a 2016 bond issue.
The station added quarters for four medical responders and firefighters, including a kitchen and day room. They are not permanent quarters, but a place where the daily “duty crew” can hang out during their shifts. Responders are on duty around the clock.
The fire district added five administrative offices and a conference room on the first floor. Equipment bays were expanded and modernized.
Bradshaw said the department’s paid staff has responded out of the El Jebel station for years while volunteers responded out of Basalt. Now those roles will largely be reversed, though volunteers will still utilize Basalt.
The district sprawls from the Snowmass Conoco station on Highway 82 to the Eagle-Garfield county line. It includes portions of Missouri Heights, Fryingpan Valley, Snowmass Creek and other outlying areas. Both stations will remain active.
The remodeled Basalt station will include ground-floor display space for a 1929 Model AA Ford that was the town’s first fire engine. The old logging truck was refurbished in 2015.
Bradshaw said the transition to the Basalt station should be complete by Thanksgiving.
Tenants at the city’s oldest deed-restricted housing complex, Centennial Apartments, faced rent hikes as high as 30% in January that sent city, county, and APCHA officials into closed-door meetings with the relatively new landlord, Birge & Held.