This week (August 23-27), North Metro Fire Rescue District will begin construction on a temporary fire station located west of the District’s Headquarters building at 101 Spader Way. This temporary station will house Engine 61 and its crew while a rebuild occurs at the existing Station 61 on Midway Blvd.
Construction plans include creating a concrete slab for the fire engine bay (aka garage), constructing a tent to house the fire engine, placing a mobile trailer for firefighter lodging, and connecting utilities to the site. There will also be modifications at the street level to allow access to the station from 1st Avenue. The fire district and construction contractor, Taylor Kohrs Construction, will work to minimize traffic impacts on 1st Avenue while an access point is created.
The construction process is estimated to last approximately one month. Once the temporary fire station is built, Engine 61 and its crew will relocate to the 1st Avenue location, and Medic 61 and its crew will relocate to Station 65. The engine and medic crews were split up between two locations to minimize the impact on emergency response to the community while Station 61 undergoes a rebuild to update and expand the station and enhance its response capabilities. The rebuild of Station 61 is estimated to be completed in late 2022.