Fairgrounds fire station delayed

January 10, 2019

Firefighters are still several weeks out from moving into their temporary fire station at the Teton County Fairgrounds.

Construction crews have been working to enclose the livestock building that will serve as a fire station for about 18 months while Fire Station No. 1 is renovated. Then it will become a community event center.

On Tuesday, Teton County Attorney Keith Gingery told the Teton County Board of County Commissioners that some changes needed to be approved before construction could continue.

A water fountain needs to be added to meet fire code for when the building is used as a community center, a staff report shows.

Electrical changes are also needed, and heating and insulation need to be added to the fair office area. Commissioners approved the $53,250.87 in changes.

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS was awarded $6.8 million in a 2016 specific purpose excise tax election. That money, paired with $2.3 million left over from the 2014 SPET election, is being used for various projects, including the Station No. 1 renovation.

Design plans will make fire headquarters seismically sound, improve exhaust, and add on-site apartments, a new roof, training space and locker rooms.

Construction at the temporary fire station has been delayed a few times because of cost setbacks. Move-in day is now set for late March.

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