Chairman of the Sierra Fire Protection District Board John Breternitz will moderate the event hosted by the Sierra Fire Protection District. Washoe County commissioners, local fire chiefs, the Washoe County manager, volunteer firefighters, contract and project managers and community leaders are expected to be on hand to turn the ceremonial first shovels on the project.
The event will kick off a 240-day construction period with expected completion of the station in March 2012. The total construction cost of the 8,003-square-foot station was estimated to be $2,993,574. The contract was awarded to northern Nevada contractor Shankle Construction. Funding is provided by a $2,089,130 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. With the FEMA grant and $212,380 already spent for pre-design work, the district was challenged with a $692,064 funding gap. The agency is addressing the funding challenge through private donations in addition to reducing the original scope of work and using available savings. In April, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District board of commissioners also authorized support from Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, since the station will be able to serve portions of the Truckee Meadows District if needed.