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2/18/2013 6:01:00 AM
Fire station on Bacobi nears completion
BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy
The $526,000, 12,000-square-foot Golden Valley Fire District fire station on Bacobi Road in is about two months from completion.
BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy
The $526,000, 12,000-square-foot Golden Valley Fire District fire station on Bacobi Road in is about two months from completion.
BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy
Golden Valley Fire Chief Tom O’Donohue, right, gives Complex Administrator Jerry Sternes of MTC Arizona State Prison Complex-Kingman a tour of the new fire station under construction on Bacobi Road. Sternes is providing inmate labor to help build the fire station and, in return, the prison complex receives GVFD fire protection, suppression and emergency medical services.
BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy
Golden Valley Fire Chief Tom O’Donohue, right, gives Complex Administrator Jerry Sternes of MTC Arizona State Prison Complex-Kingman a tour of the new fire station under construction on Bacobi Road. Sternes is providing inmate labor to help build the fire station and, in return, the prison complex receives GVFD fire protection, suppression and emergency medical services.

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The construction of the new 12,000-square-foot Golden Valley fire station on Bacobi Road is moving forward and is expected to be complete by April.

The new fire station will replace the Golden Valley Fire District's 4,369-square-foot Fire Station No. 11 on Mayer Road. It was built in 1979.

The new facility will include six bedrooms, an exercise room, a training and community room, a fire fighter office work area, two restrooms, a kitchen, a lobby and an office for the shift captain.

Burroughs and Sons Construction, based in Fort Mohave, won the bid to build the $526,000 fire station. It is estimated that the cost will be less than $44 per square foot.

"Part of the construction work force is inmate labor from the MTC Arizona State Prison complex in Golden Valley to keep the construction cost down," said GVFD Fire Chief Tom O'Donohue. "MTC provides inmate labor as part of an agreement they have with GVFD for fire protection, suppression and emergency medical services. There are nine full-time inmates currently assisting with the construction of the fire station."

The new fire station meets a number of needs, he said.

"When completed, the new fire station will be constructed to last more than 40 years, will help with the growth pattern of Golden Valley and the voids in coverage that are currently experienced on the east side of the valley and So-Hi," Chief O'Donohue said. "The Mayer Road fire station didn't meet the needs for the future and was considered cost-prohibitive for renovation in addition to not maximizing our service coverage areas."

When the new fire station becomes operational and assumes the designation of Fire Station No. 11, the GVFD board of directors will have to decide what they are going to do with the old fire station, according to the fire chief. Three options they have are to sell the old building, convert it into the district's administrative offices or retain the building for future use.

"We are looking at making this new fire station as energy efficient as possible, incorporating low-emittance windows that reduce the effect direct sunlight has on heating and cooling systems," O'Donohue said.

"We also added extra insulation with a high "R" factor in all of the walls and roof areas. In addition, all rooms will have either skylights or solar tubes to bring in sunlight so turning on a light bulb during the day will not be necessary most of the time."

Other energy-saving measures being used in the new building include switches that automatically turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms, insulated bay doors and skylights in the apparatus bays that eliminate the need for electric lights during the day.

"Even the roof structure of the living quarters has been engineered to hold roof-solar panels so that when the fire district seeks grants and/or rebates for the solar system, the roof structure can hold the extra weight," O'Donohue said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Site Steward

Correction:

The intersection at Aztec Road and Chino Drive.


Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Site Steward

Chief Tom O'Donohue told me that one of the main criteria they we looking for in selecting a location for the new fire station was where there was two existing paved roads at an intersection.

Well, as you know, the intersection at Aztec Road and Burro Drive is also paved, so I wish you had left that historic ranch property alone.


Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: The Budget

@Public Records, really you wrote that? Maybe you should read the comment before you start writing, "They may have budgeted $500,000 for the new building, but I can guarantee it will be more than that." I don't think you understand what a budget is If you budgeted a new car, a new pool or whatever, and then your income went down...are you still going to spend what you budgeted for...the new car, etc.or will you wait until your income goes back up, so in the meantime you can pay your bills and hopefully not get into your savings.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Public Records

@ the Budget..... No Sir or Ma'am, my gut is the one busting with laughter! Stop for one minute and think...... if it was not in their budget, do you think for one minute that they would actually build a new station!! Wait what am I doing, I can't inform people who think they know it all!
Ignorance, That is all!


Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: The Budget

@ Public Records. yes you are correct, the total revenues are online, as well as the total expense figure. Where is the break down on expenses? Most months show more going out than coming in. A budget is a budget, you can over or under...where is that online? You make me laugh, all you seem to care about is the budget. In case you are not aware, a budget is a guessing game on how much you think you will need to operate a business. You can put lots of money in for raises, new equipment, etc, but unless you have the money to back up that budget, that budget is worthless. They may have budgeted $500,000 for the new building, but I can guarantee it will be more than that. So please stop, my stomach is hurting from laughing.

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: Public Records

To all those concerned about the money and where it is coming from: Did you ever stop and ask yourself, maybe this Fire Department knows how to budget? If not, well here is a little bit of information, their revenues are public record!! Look them up before you start to press the panic buttons and call for a dooms day!!
People in this area just make me laugh! So quick to judge, when all you have to do is look it up!


Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: The Cost

What I would like to know is there enough revenues coming in to support the cost of the building after the day to day expenses? Will GVFD spend so much on this new building that it puts it in a predicament this year or next year where they will not be able to pay the employees, you know the ones that go on the calls to save lives?

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: russell agee

its good to see g.v. getting a new station .argueing about if its needed is a waste of time. many of you probably dont remeber the 1970's and early 80's when vehicles were kept at firefighters houses because of response times and washes blocking the roads. you probably dont remember the firefighters that worked thier butt off with the equiptment they had,putting thier lives on the line. most of the old firemen of g.v. are dead or retired now. ask David Martin, he can remember those days. i hope.

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: I know the facts Due U

For all of you in Golden Valley the ISO rating will not change because you are closer to a station. Tom O is spending way to money and going to make GVFD just like LMRFD....You All should call your insurance and found out that your already getting a discount...Shhh dont tell Tom O that he might want to do his home work before blowing smoke.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: When will the Board members say Oops

I agree that this Station will cost close to 700,000 to 800,000 when finished. It would cost less to remodel Station 11 and it sits near the Highway. This new one is too far from Hwy 68. Approving this new station is 2nd on the list of bad decisions, the first being the CON. The ambulance at Dolan cost them a lot of money and one of the reasons they are broke. You all need to look at the incoming revenues vs the expenses...not the budget figures, but the true money that is coming in...then you will see that this new station and the CON expenses will be a huge Oops.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: some one who cares

To Samuel or should I say T. I do have facts correct. So please stop trying to make it what it is not. The public needs to watch the money. This will be a nice station as I have no doubt. But the money is what the people need to be aware of.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: someone in arizona

Inmate labor should be used for cutting weeds and picking up trash. The jobs for tradesman should be left for such. You are using unskilled labor and taking away jobs. I don't want to hear your "we are rehabilitating them" BS. How about rehabilitating my finances since the economy has tanked the construction industry. Even if you find the job the wages are half what they used to be. Do we need another station? Not sure but maybe someone should at the issue. I know when I call I just want them there as fast as possible and qualified.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A. Lope

the solution is actually very simple. build ONE station on the highway, preferably across from Sonic. I saw a big metal building in that area for sale. Have 4 trucks, any more are a waste. sell off the rest of the stations, property and equipment.
The station is then centrally located and can get anywhere in GV within a reasonable time.
Those folks that think that would be to far from them??? move closer or suffer the consequences!!
This would save alot on taxes .... guaranteed.


Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Samuel Adams

@desert dweller: The Golden Valley Fire District is very well managed and by moving the station taxpayers in So-Hi should see their homeowners insurance rates drop, since they will now be within five miles of the new station.

@ Someone who cares: You don't have your facts straight. That is the finished cost of the station. Using inmate labor easily saves the District another couple hundred thousand dollars in expenses.

And think about this: The major investment in the internal workings of the Station is the equipment and vehicles, which the District already has. Please do a more honest job of speaking out on this in the future.

@Joe Blow: Station "11" refers to the station number, not how many stations in the District, which is three. This new building replaces the old station 11 which at one time was the only station in the valley.


Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

They actually only currently have three fire stations. The new fire station will take over the designation of Fire Station #11 and the old one will be shut down.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Blow

Why is everyone getting so upset about the number of fire stations in Golden Valey? With the amounnt of fires there, 11 stations will not be enough ... they need more!

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Vanik

As a fellow desert dweller, Golden Valley residents can be proud that their fire department is so well run, it can maintain it's facilities and even build additional ones for better protection.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Someone who cares

So agee with desert dweller. Has anyone here looked at all the money being spent on this new station. It says it is costing $44 a sq ft. but this is for the building only. The shell. There is so much more that has to be spent. This will cost about $700,000.00 or more when complete. What happens when our Fire Dept goes broke? Very scared with all the spending.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Jack Dundee

@ desert dweller:
I hope/presume that your comment is a troll. GVFD is not the fire district that is broke. GVFD appears to be run in a very fiscally responsible way.


Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

Why is it, I keep reading where fire departments are broke, but here there are building a hugemongus building? Sounds like more obama B.S. to me!



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