Idaho News

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Follow Up: Twin Falls City Council accepts committee’s fire station recommendations

Training space, more vehicle storage and accommodations for potential women firefighters are just a few of the things the Twin Falls Fire Department needs as soon as possible, according to a citizens advisory committee to explore rebuilding and remodeling the city’s fire stations. The Twin Falls City Council voted unanimously Monday to accept the recommendations of the citizen’s committee, which is urging the city to replace the department’s three main fire stations, remodel the existing headquarters, and — if possible — to build all three new stations at the same time.
Twin Falls Times-News

Star Fire District one of four Ada County fire districts pushing for impact fees

The Star Fire Protection District is the latest Treasure Valley agency to look at impact fees as a way to have growth pay for growth. The Star fire district board on Thursday approved a capital improvement plan that includes an $809 per residence impact fee. The capital improvement plan also included a 38 cent per square foot impact fee for non-residential developments. Because the Star fire district covers areas in both Ada and Canyon counties, the impact fees would apply to both Ada and Canyon counties if approved, Fire Chief Greg Timinsky said. The capital improvement plan was approved by the Star City Council in November, and the plan passed the fire district board unanimously. There was little discussion on the impact fees in the capital improvement plan, as Commissioner Jared Moyle noted he believed there was little that needs to be resolved before the issue goes to the counties for approval. Timinsky said impact fees are a way to make growth pay for growth. The fees would only be used for capital improvements such as new buildings for the fire district.
Nampa Idaho Press-Tribune

Monday, December 17, 2018

Boise house fire leaves one man dead

A man is dead after house fire early Saturday morning in downtown Boise. Boise Fire officials say crews responded to the 600 block of East Jefferson Street around 1:33 a.m. Saturday. "When crews arrived, the home was heavily involved in fire," a press release stated. Neighbors alerted responding firefighters that it was likely someone was inside the home. Crews were able to pull the man out and he was transported to a hospital where he later died as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental due to improper disposal of smoking materials. The man's identity has not yet been released.

Citizen committee presents recommendations for Twin Falls fire stations

The Twin Falls Fire Department needs to replace all three of its stations, and it may want to do so all at once. Pivot North Architecture released a report earlier this year that rated the fire stations on their ability to meet current and future needs. It also estimated the costs to rebuild those stations and what it would cost to build an additional station in northeast Twin Falls. A citizen committee has taken that study and will make its recommendations Monday for a plan of action to the City Council. Fire Chief Les Kenworthy has sat in on all the advisory group’s meetings and believes the committee may ask to postpone the building of Fire Station Five on Hankins Road. “We don’t have the funds to staff a full (new) station at this date,” Kenworthy told the Times-News.
Twin Falls Times-News

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