New Odell Road fire station dedicated last week
The city of Blaine and Northwest Whatcom Fire and Rescue Services (NWFRS), on June 18, celebrated the completion of construction of a new fire station with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The 9,750 square foot one-story wood-framed fire station at 9408 Odell Road was designed by Peter Carletti and Tim Goodman of Carletti Architects, PS and was constructed by Impero Contracting Company, LLC. The project was designed and constructed using a $1.6 million Fire Safety General Obligation Bond approved by Blaine voters in September, 2001.
The fire district purchased the property for the new fire station, which includes a well equipped training/meeting room, administrative offices, sleeping quarters for firefighters, kitchen, day room, laundry, fitness room and five bays for engines and other emergency vehicles with a state-of-the-art exhaust removal system. The station site also includes a low impact development concept for stormwater runoff incorporating a turf stone application over the entire parking area.
The mayor of Blaine, Dieter Schugt, described the history of the project and steps leading to this date, then officially �turned over the keys� to the chairman of the board of commissioners for North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Services, Bill Salter, who also addressed the gathering. Gary Tomsic, Blaine city manager, acted as master of ceremonies.
Jim Rutherford, the division chief who will be running the new station, spoke about the new building and the firefighters� experiences during the past several years as they worked out of a temporary warehouse. He also commended the architect and construction contractor on their exceptional cooperation during the design and construction of this building.
The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) made a special dedication of a tree and plaque in front of that station to the Walsh family who previously owned the property and whose grandson, Christopher, was recently killed in a tragic bike accident.
The Pacific Building Center in Blaine donated a flag for the new fire station which was raised as part of the ceremony. The Reverend Don Walter offered a short prayer of dedication for the new station.
Members of the Blaine city council and NWFRS board of commissioners joined to cut the ribbon, officially opening the station.