Although the recent Sedona Fire District bond failed to pass, SFD says the need for new fire stations or improvements to existing ones was not eliminated. During its Wednesday, Dec. 13, meeting the SFD Governing Board discussed the future of Station 5, which is located in Oak Creek Canyon.
The district has a lease agreement with the Garland family, which owns the land the station sits on. The bond called for a new station to possibly be built on state land at Slide Rock State Park. The plan would call for SFD and the state to share the cost of the facility, which would be used by both agencies.
Despite the bond’s failure to pass, this is still the plan in the works.
“There’s been a lot of talk as to whether or not it was a reality or possibility,” SFD Chief Kris Kazian told the board. “It is absolutely green light all the way. We’re working through the master planning process. We’re at the point where we’re looking at ADOT [Arizona Department of Transportation] and the first steps in getting them to approve an egress/ingress entry off of 89A. That’s a critical point and the first thing we have to solve.”
A report from Kazian states that in November 2016, SFD and Arizona State Parks staff met in Phoenix to discuss the feasibility and mutual interest in developing Slide Rock State Park to include a fire station on the south end of the property.
The discussion revolved around the needs of both agencies as well as the potential for the Coconino County Sheriff to have a presence on the property. The discussion included consideration of the development of a Master Plan for the facility and the needs related to Arizona State Parks.
SFD agreed to help fund the Master Plan to explore the feasibility of locating a fire station in Slide Rock State Park. Kazian said while they currently have no intent to increase their staffing at Station 5, two firefighters, allowing flexibility to meet potential future needs is critical in the design, as well as the ability to house Forest Service partners in a fire severity situation.
In his report, Kazian said ideally a new station would be approximately 5,000 square feet with two apparatus bays, drive-thru if possible. Included would be turnout gear storage, gear washing capabilities, hose storage, maintenance/shop area, five bunkrooms for SFD and state personnel, large lockers, kitchen/day room/dining area, workout facility and conference room among other needs.
“To further clarify, SFD would expect the design of the building to be such that the fire station is secure from public and other agency access,” Kazian wrote. “We would consider the possibility of including a room to treat the public in walk-in medical situations if there is likely to be nearby public access and proximity to where this makes sense. If a law enforcement agency was to colocate, they would have security and access requirements.”
He added that currently, they are working on long-term funding sources and expect SFD would not be able to commit funds until Fiscal Year 2020 at the earliest.
“Developing a financial plan that will align with both agencies’ policy and procurement will be key in moving forward. Good communication and vision for the future will play a vital role in the success of this proposed project.”