Bond Projects: Fire Stations & Fire Training Facility
Boise Fire Bond
As Boise has grown, its fire facilities are no longer located or equipped to best protect the neighborhoods they serve. The bond will replace four outdated fire stations that have passed their useful life with new stations that will:
- Meet current seismic and building codes to ensure our firefighters can respond quickly when an emergency strikes (All stations)
- Meet gender equity standards to allow both men and women to serve as firefighters (All stations)
- Be sited in the best location to serve their surrounding community (Fire Station 8)
- Provide a home for a ladder truck in West Boise so that all Boise residents have access to this critical piece of fire fighting equipment. (Fire Station 4)
Location of impacted fire stations:
Fire Station #4 - 8485 Ustick Road Fire Station #5 - 212 South 16th Street
Fire Station #8 - 4422 Overland Road Fire Station #9 - 3101 Sycamore Street
Firefighter Training Facility
Live fire training is an essential part of firefighter training, if a firefighter’s first encounter with live fire is on an actual call, it can pose an enormous amount of risk to the firefighter and the citizens of Boise. In addition, the veteran firefighter must continue to hone their skills through training and exposure to a variety of scenarios. Currently, the Boise Fire Department (BFD) has a burn building (tower) that is unsafe to burn in, so they rely solely on acquired structures for live fire training.
Live fire training provides the heat, smoke, and flame fronts in a training environment that allows a firefighter to experience the “real deal” in a fairly controlled environment. Obviously, the live fire experience, in an acquired structure, uses real heat, flames, and smoke, which pose many risks. Tragedies that might occur during a real structure fire, including injuries, burns, and death, can also happen during live fire training. Many departments have failed in the area of maintaining safety during live fire training and firefighters have been injured or even killed.
The new facility will meet the National Fire Protection Association’s minimum standards for training new and existing firefighters. The facility would be available for use by other Boise Valley fire departments in exchange for city access to educational resources offered by those departments, such as a Meridian Fire classroom auditorium that will be available for Boise Fire Department and roof props that Eagle Fire has constructed that BFD uses during county wide truck company academies.
The Boise Fire bond passed with 76% of the vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.