Canby Fire District making good use of bond funds
Last November, Canby residents passed a bond for its fire district to be able to build, remodel and buy equipment to keep it running efficiently. The money from the bond is being put to work to deliver everything for the district to continue to help firefighters do their jobs well.
Starting with the Main Station on Pine Street, an architect is designing a remodel and Chief Jim Davis hopes to be able to send out requests for financial proposals for construction once the construction documents are ready.
Plans are to start construction around Feb. 1. Once construction starts, firefighters will need a place to sleep. So the department bought a modular home that will stay on the main station's property, Davis said.
"It would have been too expensive to rent the property next door and the modular home," Davis told the Herald. This way, they only had to add sewer pipes for the modular home.
"We bought the modular home from Clackamas County for $42,000, much less than renting the land and the home would have cost," the chief said.
This way, they own the modular home and will be able to use it while updating and building, he added. From the main station it will go to the EMS station on the north side where the city gave the fire district a 50-year lease on land near the Public Works Department on North Redwood.
The modular home will house three EMTs.
Currently, the civil engineer plans to remove four or five trees so they can start constructing the new building. They will build a garage to house a medic unit and a fire engine. The modular home will be placed next to the garage.
"We hope to open it up in September 2020," said Chief Davis, "but we have a lot to do to get there."
The fire house on Highway 170 near Macksburg Road will be getting a new roof early this month as well as a new paint job.
Davis noted the department has purchased a set of extraction equipment for car crashes.
This gives the district two of the sets on hand.
They've also purchased four flare cameras for use when burning areas are smoke-filled. These cameras allow them to find victims that otherwise they would be unable to see.
They also have replaced all of their fire hoses and nozzles, items necessary for a fast, efficient job.
Davis noted they have replaced staff vehicles or command units. They sold off older vehicles including a 1978 Ford pickup truck and a 2002 Tahoe.
That leaves one other older car, a 1999 Tahoe they will sell once the new vehicles get lights, sirens and radios.
"We also have applied for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a new ladder truck," Davis said. If they receive the grant, their portion of the cost would be $100,000 for the $1 million truck. If they don't receive the grant, they will have to buy a used one. The firefighters need a new ladder truck because their current one goes up only 60 feet, and if they need to set back that reaches only 50 feet. A new truck will give them 105 feet of ladder reach.
"Construction costs will be well over what we budgeted; we may need to move money to fit the remodel," he said explaining why the FEMA grant is important.
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