Routt Count’s volunteer search and rescue crew may be out of a building early next year unless it can raise enough money to expand the building it now shares with the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District.
The fire district has purchased a new ambulance and needs one of the search and rescue vehicle bays, county commissioner Randy taylor told officials at the city / county summit Oct 30.
The fire district is applying for a $250,000 government grant to add a second floor and two vehicle bays onto the building. However, match of up to $150,000 may be required in order to get the grant.
The search and rescue team is a “skin of their teeth operation,” noted Taylor and it cannot afford to construct a new building. The county makes an annual donation to search and rescue, amounting to $10,000 in 1992. The county and city also offer free gas , storage and mechanical and maintenance assistance.
The warm bays are critical for keeping rescue vehicles running.
The second floor on the fire district building would allow volunteers to receive training and rest in the building.