Gypsum Fire Station to expand |

Gypsum Fire Station to expand

Katie Drucker
Gypsum, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado –Gypsum’s 27-year-old fire station will almost double in size by June.

Construction on a nearly 6,000-square-foot, $875,000 addition and remodel began Sept. 10. A training room, bathroom, crew quarters, duty room, teaching room and 15 additional parking spaces will be added to the firehouse.

Dave Vroman, Gypsum fires chief, says the remodel and addition to the firehouse will cut down on response time and improve parking for the 2nd Street Park, basketball courts and horseshoe pits.

Currently there are no bedrooms in the fire house which provides service 24 hours a day. Two of the overnight crew sleep on hydo-beds in the firehouse every night, while upwards of four people on duty sleep at their own homes.

Vroman says the construction will add six bedrooms for on duty night crews to sleep. Night crews will no longer have to get out of their own beds and return to the fire station before reporting to an emergency.

“This will cut down on response time and improve service,” said Vroman.

There will also be 15 spots added in the parking lot shared by the fire station and the Second Street Park.

“The parking has been tight and this will benefit everybody,” said Vroman.

Vroman realizes neighbors will be inconvenienced while construction is under way. He reassures residents that he will try to minimize these troubles and said, “This is going to be a tough year but will be worth it in the end.”

Plans for this addition and remodel began early in 2008. The downturn in the economy has now made the price of the remodel and addition affordable.”

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