Fire House Update

Look here for the latest information on the progress of the construction of our firehouse. As we pass major milestones, we will do our best to keep this page updated with information. You will also find below a general history of the fire house project.

December 12, 2006
Fire Sprinklers Installed
November 15, 2006
Upstairs bathroom walls framed and bathroom roughed in
September 2, 2006
Plumbing completed downstairs
July 12, 2006
Hot Water Heater Installed
June 16, 2006
Septic Tank Installed
May 5, 2006
Backfill completed
January 2, 2006
Retaining walls and patio poured
November 1, 2006
Underground Propane Tank Installed
October 28, 2005
October 18, 2005
Roofing completed
October 5, 2005
Downstairs electrical installed
September 5, 2005
Framing of sheer wall, downstairs walls and stairs
September 4, 2005
Apparatus Bay Doors Installed
Aug 16, 2005
Brigade obtains loan to complete 2nd phase construction.
Aug 14, 2005
Apparatus Doors and Building Doors installed. Power brought to the building.
July 31, 2005
Roofing for station begins
June 22, 2005
Backfill for station started
June 9, 2005
After a long delay RCI (Rollings Consulting ) from Thousand Oaks steps in and offers management services without charge to assist the community with 2nd phase of construction.
December 31, 2004
Timber frame install complete. 1st phase of construction complete.
November 20, 2004
Timber frame install begins
November 15, 2004
2nd Floor timber frame delivered
November 12, 2004
1st Floor framing and 2nd floor decking completed
October 20, 2004
Steel I-Beams installed.
September 20, 2004
1st Floor framing and 2nd floor decking started.
August 20, 2004
Foundation pour completed.
August 23, 2004
First stage of concrete (walls) pour completed.
August 18, 2004
Major excavation completed. Exterior electrical panel installed. Septic lines installed.

Project information and history
After more than 20 years of soliciting the community and other organizations for funds to build the fire station, in January of 2000 after I assumed the duties of Fire Chief one of my first priorities was to assess were we stood financially. I discovered that the Brigade had saved $152,000 of an anticipated cost of $325,000 needed to build the fire station. I quickly realized that each day we wavered on a decision to build costs continued to rise. It was time to make a decision to either forge ahead or realize that a station was something we would never be able to have and return the donated money. I personally believe that quitting is never an option and the Brigade members agreed.

We elicited the help of The Auxiliary who are essential in fund raising and grant writing activities to secure additional funding. With a very generous donation from a community family, a grant from the Monterey Community Foundation, increased funding from the Big Sur Marathon (thanks to the Auxiliary) and an opportunity to receive funds from Monterey Peninsula Community College for training classes that the Brigade hosted and taught, we had increased our savings in two years to $300,000 and felt that we finally had enough funds to at least get started. In November of 2002 with a grading permit in hand the Brigade hosted the groundbreaking ceremony at the fire station site. At the groundbreaking ceremony Frank Pinney of Pinney Construction in Big Sur offered his services to get the Brigade started. After meeting with Rob Carver and discovering that we were now looking at an anticipated cost of over $475,000 to build the fire station as designed, we took a short break to explore several options for building that had been brought to our attention. We felt that this was necessary to assure that the Brigade was building a station that would meet it's needs, fit into the community yet spend money wisely. We also realized that in order to build we could not build the station as an owner builder and we needed a general contractor. In stepped Charlie McClaskey of Canyon Builders here in Palo Colorado. The Brigade settled on what we considered to be the best way to spend money on a building that would meet all the needs we had set. With pen in a very shaky hand contracts were signed in July.

With a budget of $300,000 we started a project knowing that we were short approximately $65,000 and we are asked for all property owners, home owners and renters to dig deep and donate to make this fire station a reality. Raising the $65,000 will get the building up however; we will still not have the funds for doors, windows, roofing material or stucco. Once again the question was raised, should we wait until we have all the needed funds? Yet again we are reminded that the longer we wait, the more costs will continue to rise and the fire station becomes, little by little, just out of our reach. We are very hopeful that this community will pull together and make a 25-year dream a reality.

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