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Vail ready to design fire station

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” The town of Vail is looking for architects to design the town’s newest fire station.

This week the town will put out a “request for proposals” for the town’s third fire station at the old Wendy’s site in West Vail, asking architects to submit potential designs and costs for the project, said Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller.

Responses must be submitted within 30 days, then the town council will determine the next step of funding and building the station. The station is part of the Chamonix plan, which also includes an affordable housing neighborhood in the area.

The new station has been “on the books” for more than 20 years, and a much needed addition to the town’s fire services, Miller said.

The new station would serve not only West Vail, but act as backup for the village and East Vail stations, he said.

Often the fire department’s calls require at least two fire engines, occupying both stations, so a third is needed to cover anything else that happens, Miller said.

A structure fire in Intermountain a couple weeks ago was a recent example of the need.

The fire required three fire engines from the Vail Fire Department and Eagle River Fire Protection District.

“It took East Vail 14 minutes to get there,” Miller said. “That leaves us significantly lacking in resources for 14 minutes. Also, from a manpower standpoint, having the additional staff to respond to fires or large hotel incidents would be nice.”

Originally, the town had hoped to break ground on the new station this year, but now the plans will depend on the economy, Miller said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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