Fire District 3 moves into new administrative building

Fire Chief David Hard addresses those present at the ribbon cutting for Fire District 3's new administration building.

Fire Chief David Hard addresses those present at the ribbon cutting for Fire District 3’s new administration building.

Jackson County Fire District No. 3 officially opened their new administrative building  
Sept. 30.

The new 8,000 square foot structure is located adjacent to the district’s 3000 sq. ft. building that has served as home for fire apparatus, administration and sleeping headquarters for 31 years.

The new facility was done by S&B James Contractors Management Company through a design and build process that included Fire District No. 3 representation. Barry Hoffman, Fire District No. 3 Operation Chief and Jim Tuttle, Chief Maintenance Mechanic were those representatives.

Fire Chief David Hard said the project was financed for $2 million and came in under budget. The district established a building fund in 1992. Hard said the building was constructed without seeking additional tax dollars .

“This is a dream come true,” said Lynn Corwin, chairman of the board of directors. He said this building is expected to serve needs for as long as the structure they are moving out of.

Rob Hernandez, vice president of S&B James, said the had three project goals:

  • Make the building functional
  • Make it efficient
  • Make it energy efficient.

Hernandez said the district can expect to save $3,700 annually through energy savings.

The facility includes a room that can be utilized for community meeting and an expanded board of directors meeting room.

In addition to Corwin, board members include John Curtis, vice-president, Jim Gillan, secretary-treasurer, Lois Wilson and Colin Fagen.

The current facility will be remodeled for additional sleeping space. Future plans call for a classroom structure on the property at Ave. H and Agate Road.

The staff expects to actually move into the new building this week.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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