Whistler’s Park area residents and passersby are beginning to see construction activity at the sight of the new Glide Rural Fire Protection District (GRFPD) Substation.
Voters passed the $2.5 million bond levy during the November 2012 election for the construction of a new Glide Fire District station at the present Glide location and an unmanned substation in the Whistler’s Park area located near the intersection of North Umpqua Highway 138 and Whistler’s Park Road. According to Beth Werner, business manager for the GRFPD, the bonds were sold through Edward Jones in $5,000 increments and opened May 10, 2013 exclusively to the Roseburg area offices for one day, selling $1.17 million. The remainder of the bonds sold within the next day and a half with only $15,000 being sold out of state. Bonds were only sold to individual investors.
Zerbach Construction of Roseburg Oregon is the general contractor that won the bid to construct the $162,528 two-bay substation designed by Paul L Bentley Architect AIA PC of Roseburg. The majority of the sub-contractors are also Roseburg area companies. This unmanned station is located 4.8 miles from Glide's main station and will house two pieces of apparatus: a Tender that is presently stored under a carport at the Glide main station and a Fire Engine that is currently in storage.
Having a tender and engine in the Whistler’s area will give volunteer firefighters who live in that area a much quicker response time in the event of a structural fire. Presently, all responding volunteers meet at the main station in Glide when responding to a fire alarm. Time is of the essence when dealing with a structural fire.
Glide Fire District does have two volunteers who live in the area of the new substation but as always, volunteers are needed! Persons interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical responder are urged to call Beth Werner at Glide Fire 541-496-0224 or stop in and pick up an application during office hours 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday. Training is provided every Monday evening at the main station.