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Ideas are needed for future Asotin Co. Fire Dist. No.1 building

Ideas are needed for future Asotin Co. Fire Dist. No.1 building
CLARKSTON, WA - A local fire station unveils plans for a new station.
KLEW News learns why the public is so vital in their decision making.

The Asotin County Fire District No.1 building is more than 60 years old. And while they've expanded and remodeled over the years, Fire Chief Noel Hardin said there just isn't enough room for everyone."

"We've been looking at the possibility of a new station for quite a few years," said Hardin. "The community has grown through time and the station hasn't necessarily grown with the community."

Hardin said the sleeping quarters for firefighters don't fit more than four people at a time. And the fire district has to rent off-site storage units for seasonal equipment and vehicles.

"We'd like to get everything under one roof so we can operate under one facility," said Hardin. "We're busting at the seams."

Fire District 1 is looking at three options. One option is to remodel the existing fire station. The second is to buy land to create a new facility. Or they could purchase property with an existing building and remodel it to fit their needs. But they won't move forward without the help of the public.

"We're truly looking at all the financial options and that's another reason why we want some public input," said Hardin. "If they have ideas too we would be certainly willing to hear what they have to say."

Hardin said they're planning to a cost analysis for each site to see what's the most economical choice.

The public is invited to a meeting next Tuesday to comment on the possible options. The Board of Fire Commissioners meeting is at
5 p.m. at the current fire station on Appleside Boulevard.
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