Asotin County makes offer on new fire station location | News
Asotin County Fire District #1 has made an offer to purchase an eight-acre property for a new fire station, and according to Fire Chief Noel Hardin, that offer has been accepted contingent on a 90-day feasibility study by the district. He says they want to make sure the property and existing building at 2377 Appleside Blvd. can be converted for use as a fire station. It is currently home to a church and a former day care facility.
“We won’t finalize the purchase until we know it can meet the emergency needs of the fire district and our community,” Hardin says. The final purchase price would be $1.75 million.
The fire district has been considering the property since last fall, and has been working with the property owner for the past two months.
The next step will be for the fire district to hire an architecture and/or engineering firm to complete the feasibility study. This process will include a breakdown of costs and, if needed, financing options for the district and its taxpayers. Part of the appeal of the property is the 22,000 square foot building already on site. Converting buildings for public use can cost significantly less than building new facilities.
“It’s difficult to find properties that are large enough to accommodate fire station operations and all our emergency equipment,” said Chief Hardin. “We are hopeful this will work for our future fire station and be more cost-effective for our taxpayers.”
Asotin County has the assessed value of the property at $3.1 million. The property was listed at $1.9 million. Both parties agreed to a final purchase price of $1.75 million.
Asotin County Fire District 1 provides fire suppression, emergency medical service (EMS) and water rescue to 14,000 people over 120 square miles of land and 35 miles of shoreline. Fire District 1 relies on more than 50 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians, as well as 35 paramedics to respond to 2,600 calls per year. Fire District 1 has the lowest levy rate for fire protection service and Advanced Life Support EMS of any provider in the county. Asotin County Fire District 1 is the only fire district in the county to guarantee a fire and EMS response 24‐hours a day.