Casper Fire Station 6 to get revamped for the future

(Casper, Wyo.) - In a Casper wind kind of day a group of City Firefighters and community members came together to celebrate and break ground for the newest addition to the Paradise Valley area. ​City Manager V.H.McDonald, along with fellow council members were also in attendance. "This is a huge improvement to the city," commented City Manager McDonald. "The old station is in pretty tough shape and this has been on the table for a few years. The construction is being done by Caspar Construction and funded with One Cent Funds." ​The existing Fire Station #6 lacks the needed space to house modern fire equipment and the new fire station will include living quarters and apparatus bays which will be larger than they are at the existing station. The new station will be located on the corner of Iris Street and Valley Drive west of the Paradise Valley swimming pool. The station will replace the current Fire Station #6 located on Valley Drive. Casper Fire Chief Kenneth King commented at the ceremony, "This means a lot to our firefighters. It is the beginning of their history in the new building. Our guys get pretty antiquated with their stations, it becomes their temporary home when on duty. We have had lots of complaints over the years with the old station so we are excited for the upgrade." Fire Chief King continued to report that the old building, located on Valley Drive was once used as a volunteer fire station for Paradise Valley, then in 1979 the city acquired the building with a fire truck and used the building for 37 years. At the existing station, crews must use Valley Drive to back equipment into bays, which can create traffic delays. The new station will have two access points; one on Iris Street and another on Valley Drive. Fire crews will use the Valley Drive access to exit the station quickly. The Iris Street access point will allow crews to enter the station and then use the station driveway to back into bays. The $3.445 million project was awarded to Caspar Building Systems, Inc., with GSG Architecture contracted for design and oversight of the project. This project is being funded by Optional One Cent Funds. Crews are set to begin the construction today and dirk work is expected to be complete before the Paradise Valley Pool opens for the season. For questions or additional information about the project please call (307) 235-8341. ​ #oilcity #news