Efforts to Build New South
Tongass Fire Station Continue
by M.C. Kauffman
June 21, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - The South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
(STVFD) continues in their efforts to build a new fire station
that will meet the current needs of the community. The new fire
station would be located on Borough owned property between the
Mountain Point wastewater plant and the Seawatch subdivision.
STVFD Fire Chief Scott Davis said, "To date, several meetings
have happened along with an open house of the residents around
the proposed fire station location." He said, many more
meetings and opportunities for comments and suggestions are planned
in the near future.
Proposed South Tongass
Volunteer Fire Station by Kyan Reeves
Graphic courtesy STVFD
Davis said the next meeting scheduled for June 27th at Fawn Mountain
Elementary School will be a Board of Directors meeting at which
time the future fire station for the South Tongass Volunteer
Fire Department will be discussed. "Everyone is encouraged
to attend," said Davis.
Then on July 10th, Davis said
the Borough Planning Commission will consider a request for a
rezone of the Mountain Point property to facilitate a fire station.
With approval of the rezone of property request, it would then
be forwarded to the Ketchikan Borough Assembly for their consideration
and for public comment on August 6th and August 20th 2007 said
Chief Davis said, "The South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
encourages public comment and suggestions as this fire station
will incorporate many community functions..."
In addition, he said, the playground
that is planned needs parental comments and suggestions. Participation
on the "playground committee" is also needed. The playground
committee, comprised of four department members and one resident
from Seawatch, needs your input and participation, said Davis.
Since its formation in 1981,
South Tongass Fire Chief Scott Davis said department members
have increased 800%. When the current South Tongass Volunteer
Fire station was built in 1981 there was little or no consideration
of building standards and codes, and no room for the addition
of new areas said Davis. With numerous regulatory items and equipment
required of a fire station today, the square footage to house
this equipment does not exist in the current STVFD facility said
"We're extremely excited about the possibility of realizing
a new fire station for the residents of the South Tongass Area
and are working diligently to make this facility a reality,"
said Chief Davis.
South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
In Need of Adequate Station
- The square foot challenged South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
has increased its membership over the years and additionally
has seen an increase in the various firefighting equipment needed
to serve the South Tongass community. - More...
January 17, 2007
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