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Groundbreaking ceremony for new fire station
by Tribune Staff
Jul 08, 2011 | 836 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Sierra Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners and Sierra Fire Chief Michael Greene will break ground for a new fire station on the corner of Arrowcreek and Thomas Creek parkways at 11 a.m. Saturday. The station, to be known as Sierra Fire Station 36-Arrowcreek, will provide additional fire service to the residents in southwest Truckee Meadows.

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.

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