West Vail fire station breaks ground Monday
VAIL, Colorado -The town of Vail is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the West Vail Fire Station at 5:30 p.m., Monday. Community members are invited to take part in the celebration which will include past and present firefighters.The station will be located on the site of the former Wendy’s restaurant at 2399 North Frontage Rd. just west of the West Vail roundabout on the north side of Interstate 70. Construction will take about eight months and that state should be open by late December or early January 2011. The building will be 15,000-plus square feet equipped with three apparatus bays with room for four on-duty personnel and up to 12 resident firefighters. The station will become the new headquarters for Vail Fire & Emergency Services. Studies have indicated a third fire station will reduce townwide emergency response times from the current seven minutes to four minutes. The Town Council has authorized a project budget of $5 million to construct the station from reserve funds. Six firefighters have been hired over the past two years to staff the station. Three of the positions are being funded with assistance from a federal grant.The groundbreaking will include a community barbecue served by firefighters. For more information, contact Chief Mark Miller at 970-477-3474 or Deputy Chief Mike McGee at 970-479-2135.The station was designed by Belford Watkins in collaboration with VAg Inc. architects and the general contractor is Drahota Construction.