Minidoka Fire District Works For New Station Funding


By Jay Michaels

Heyburn, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Minidoka County has long shared a fire station with the city of Rupert. That makes responding to out of town fires tough. But it's a situation that could change soon.

The Minidoka County Fire Protection District has been saving money to build a new fire station for years now.

The Minidoka County Fire Protection District is hoping to get a $350,000 community block grant to build a new fire station in Minidoka County outside the Rupert city limits.

Chief Mike Brown from the Minidoka County Fire Protection District says, "We currently have three stations. One here in Heyburn, one we share with the city of Rupert, it's called East End Station. We also have North Side Station, which is clear out, almost to the Youth Ranch by the railroad tracks on Highway 24."

The price tag for the 8,000 square foot station is just over a million dollars. The district hopes to get past the two grant cutoffs in January and May. If they get the grant, they could start construction sometime next fall.

Minidoka County Fire Protection District Chairman Harold Mohlman says, "I'm thinking it will probably take just about a year to get the construction complete and be able to move in. So by the fall 2015, we should be in the building."

Chief Mike Brown explains the new station would free up room for the city of Rupert, as well as improving response times for fires reported in Minidoka County. It’s a small price to pay to improve public safety.

Brown says, "The trains are always blocking the crossing. So now we'll be able to respond from coming back into town, or trying to get out of town. So that's our problem."

The Minidoka Fire Protection District will be applying for the community block grant by the application deadline this Friday.

November 19, 2013.

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