The Idaho Statesman reported this last week that Boise Fire Department has requested funding as part of a city protection funding program for fire and police. They have requested funding to do the following work.
1. Remodel Station 9 – This would be a similar project to the remodel of Station 4 a couple of years ago. This also removes the possibility of the current station being built closer to Hill Road, and then the building used only for a truck company and an EMS rig.
2. A new Station 5 – The current building is the oldest still existent fire facility. It originally was the home of Chemical Engine 1 in the late 1800’s, later became the first Station 2, and then became Station 5. The current building will be torn down and a new building built on the same site.
3. The training tower – It will be relocated to a larger area. The mechanical shops will remain where they are. The new facility will be in the Joplin Road area.
4. Station 8 – A new building will be built somewhere east of the current Overland Road location and the current building will be sold.
5. Station 4 – The current building (which matches Station 9) will be torn down. A new building will be built at the same location. It is possible that a third truck company will be located there, so the new building will be much bigger to accommodate the larger apparatus.
All of this depends on the success of Boise Fire Department obtaining the funding from the city and what other plans may appear on the agenda of the fire department.