Calif. city gets first new fire station in 87 years
The new 10,500-square-foot station will replace the old station that was built in 1913 and moves "when the wind blow
By David Benda
Redding Record Searchlight
COTTONWOOD, Calif. — A year after voters passed a $4 million bond after two previously failed attempts, work has started on the new Cottonwood Fire Station.
And the community will celebrate the occasion Tuesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site at Fourth and Brush streets. The festivities start at noon.
Cottonwood firefighters are eager to move in to the new station.
They've been working out of the current facility, near Brush and Front streets, since 1931 in a building built in 1913.
"This building, when the wind blows, the building moves," said Lt. Rod Chadbon, who's coordinating construction efforts, including work that secured the USDA Rural Development loan.
Chadbon, administrator for the Cottonwood Fire Protection District, has been with the department for 14 years.
"The joke around here is the building is being held up by termites. But truth be told, it's been a good building," he said.
On Monday, paving contractor SnL Group Inc. of Redding was busy preparing the property for the foundation that will support the 10,500-square-foot station.
Chad Cooper of SnL Group said the company also is building a retention basin on the south end of the property to manage storm water runoff.
Slater & Son of Chico is the general contractor.
Kibler & Kibler Architecture & Engineering of Redding designed the new fire station, which Chadbon says will give emergency personnel quicker access to major roadways and provide firefighting personnel with a healthier environment.
The new station also will be more efficient. Currently the Cottonwood Fire Department uses three buildings to house four engines, a patrol vehicle, water tender and other equipment, Chadbon said.
The 104-year-old building that houses the station today doesn't meet current code requirements for an essential service facility, including seismic standards. At 6,800 square feet, the old station is also smaller than the new facility.
Last November, voters in the Cottonwood Fire Protection District finally delivered the two-thirds majority required to pass the bond. The victory came after two previous votes, including one close call.
In a 2013 special election, the measure failed by seven points, and in 2014, the measure fell short by 18 votes.
"I don't know if the community really knew what was going on in the early stages," Chadbon said. "I think the third time everybody decided, 'Well we better do it this time,' and it just came through. We had a lot of support and people coming in and asking questions."
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