Work on fire station on Jeremy Loveless Avenue is expected to be completed in August

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Seismic upgrades to the Estacada Rural Districts main station will include adding additional support to the walls, roof and floor of the building at Southeast Jeremy Loveless Avenue.

Seismic upgrades to the Estacada Rural Fire District's main station began last week and are expected to be complete in August, Fire Chief Bob Morrisey noted during a meeting of the district's board of directors on Thursday, May 17.

The work will involve adding additional support to the walls, roof and floor of the building at Southeast Jeremy Loveless Avenue, as well as installing lighter doors, Division Chief Richard Anderson noted in a later interview. Additionally, the station's bell tower will be removed, since it is likely that it would fall during an earthquake.

The majority of the work will be funded by a grant from Business Oregon, with additional expenses being covered by the Fire District's facility and property reserve fund.

Though the station will remain open during construction, those who are experiencing medical emergencies are asked to call 911 rather than coming to the station, as the medical treatment room is an area where significant construction will occur.

The Fire District has also applied for a grant to cover seismic upgrades at the George fire station, but has not yet heard about the result of its application, Anderson noted.

In other business:

During the May 17 board meeting, several community members inquired about the Estacada Rural Fire District's intergovernmental agreement with Clackamas Fire.

Though Estacada's board of directors had previously agreed to conduct a study that would explore the services they share with Clackamas Fire and services that could potentially be added or reduced, Clackamas Fire's Board of Directors had requested a broad study that would also examine the possibility of merging the two districts.

Because Estacada opted out of the full study, Clackamas Fire gave notice that it intends to withdraw next January from the intergovernmental agreement, which was forged two years ago.

Board members declined to answer questions about the subject during last week's meeting. They noted that the IGA and feasibility study would be topics of discussion at a board meeting in June and work session in July.

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