Changes Happening at North Douglas County Fire & EMS Station 1
You may have noticed the new things happening to the Main station…. (how could you not notice the mess and disarray due to our seismic up-grade) This has been making operations difficult for several months now but there is some light at the end of the tunnel as demo is less and actual construction is progressing. This entire project is thanks to a nearly $2,000,000 grant from the state to assure continuing operations of critical infrastructure in the event of earthquake. We often think of these events being more likely in someone else’s back yard (California), but truth is a Cascadia event while not possible to predict in terms of hours, days, weeks, or even years, is predictable in terms of likelihood in a given decade or century. History has shown these occur in our area with enough regularity to say that we may already be over-due for very significant event(s). We consider the disruption of our routines small price to pay and count ourselves fortunate to have the very large sum of money provided by this State Grant to fund the up-grades to our facility, better assuring emergency response capabilities on that day.
Secondly the District and the City of Drain have entered an agreement to allow the City to place a building on the north west corner of our property and using it as a temporary City Hall. We are doing this to better utilize community resources to achieve common goals while the City deals with the aging issues of the existing City Hall. The City funded the paving of our north parking area and I think all will agree the outcome is much more attractive.
2020 has been a challenging year with COVID-19 and THE worst fire season the state has seen, but together we see and strive for a better tomorrow. Thanks to all for patience and support throughout these projects.