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Sheridan fire station to be expanded

by Merrie Leininger

Some volunteer fire departments are sprucing up, some to the point of tearing down existing facilities and starting over.

Demolition of the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department begins next week.

The new building will be double in size and will help the department meet the needs of the community, said East Fork District Deputy Fire Chief Steve Eisele .

The station now is about 2,200 square feet and the new station will be about 4,680 square feet.

Eisele said East Fork reduced the original plans to help the building fit into the neighborhood and also to bring the price in under budget.

“It was important to keep the architecture pleasing and fit in with the neighborhood,” Eisele said. “It’s going to look pretty good.”

Cost of demolition, hauling away debris and construction will be $344,654 and the construction will be done by Central Sierra Construction.

The new building will have a kitchen, laundry room, restrooms and a large classroom that can also be used as a public meeting room, Eisele said.

“Our goal was to be more user-friendly and open to the public,” he said. “The public will have immediate access to the classroom without having to walk through the equipment bays to get to it.”

Because of the construction, the department will not be able to hold its annual dinner-dance fund-raiser on the third Saturday in August.

Firefighters and other members of the department will be distributing a newsletter to residents in the response area telling them of the expansion and asking for donations to help equip the building.

Donations may be mailed to SVFD, P.O. Box 1901, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410.

Volunteers built the current station in 1980 with a fund-raising program and donated labor and materials.

The firefighters are pleased with the prospect of a new, state-of-the-art fire station that will be large enough to house all the equipment and have a meeting room for training and community events, according to a press release from the department.

The Ruhenstoth Volunteer Fire Department also will begin construction on an addition next week.

The addition will double the size of the building and also add a classroom/meeting room.

Eisele said the volunteers will be adding stone- and rock-work around the outside of the metal building to help the structure blend into the neighborhood that has grown up around it.

“When we built it, there was nothing there, but now we’ve had some pretty expensive homes built around it and we want to better fit into the neighborhood,” he said.

Al Shankle Construction of Minden will be doing the work for a total of $237,553.

Landscaping will also be done at Ruhenstoth, as well as Sheridan Acres. The Johnson Lane Department will also get some landscaping soon.

“The goal here is to clean up,” Eisele said. “We’re getting it done a little at a time.”

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