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Woody Creek fire station ready to go

Aspen Times Staff Report

Woody Creek’s new fire station is now open for business.

A firefighter/station keeper is now living in an apartment above the station, located on River Road across from the Woody Creek Trailer Park.

The station houses a four-wheel-drive fire engine with high ground clearance and a short turning radius, equipped to fight wildland fires. The engine will also carry basic life-support medical materials and an automatic defibrillator for emergencies involving heart problems.

The engine is specially designed to combat fires in what’s known as the “urban-wildlands interface,” where houses are built in grasslands, brushy lands or forest, said Aspen Fire Chief Darryl Grob.

Fighting fires in that environment may require a fire engine which can cross rugged terrain and smaller-diameter hoses that can carry water a longer distance from a hydrant or other source.

The Woody Creek station, combined with the Aspen Village station completed in 1998, will provide much better coverage of an area the fire district once protected from one leased facility at the Watson Divide turnoff.

Response times from the station will naturally vary with distance, Grob said, but an average response time of five minutes has been calculated from the site. “We mapped out the optimum areas of coverage from those two stations and they dovetail very neatly on the map,” he said.

The Aspen Fire Protection District used funds from a 1992 bond issue to build the station on land donated by Mary Jane Garth. The fire district made it possible for the new Woody Creek post office to be built on the same parcel of land, making the fire station eligible for federal funds for utilities shared with the post office.

A community open house to celebrate the opening is planned for spring or summer this year.


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