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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

The board of directors of Eagle River Fire Protection District wishes to thank the voters for their support of the district’s long-term capital plan to build three new facilities! The board recognizes that our community’s support comes from their appreciation for the job that the men and women of Eagle River Fire do every day. Whether it is helping with bear problems, saving a family’s home or a life on I-70, Eagle River Fire is there, “Ready to serve”.

The board’s immediate strategy will be to build and relocate a new Avon station, jointly housing Avon Police Department and our existing Avon fire crew. Once Avon is completed we will replace the Edwards Station in its current location and also build a greatly needed Emergency Responder Training Center, presently proposed in Minturn. The Avon station will break ground this summer next to the new medical office building. As soon as this construction is complete, projected in the fall of next year, the Edwards station will be torn down and construction will begin on the existing site. The Edwards crew will operate out of the new Avon Station for the duration of that construction.

Both the Avon and the Edwards stations will be built so that, in the future, they are capable of housing a total of two crews of firefighters. These “dual engine companies” will provide greater resources for future response needs in the heart of our district as well as additional emergency resources for the entire valley. These new stations will centrally store all of the district’s specialized equipment, rather than in various locations as they currently are.

The board would again like to thank our firefighters for their service and our community for their continued commitment and support!

Jennifer Hays Cartmell, Al Bosworth, Clint Janssen, Clark Shivley and Darell Wegert

Eagle River Fire Protection District board of directors