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WRFR plans second go-around at fire bond

Sub-par living conditions, space constraints prompt $17 million ask

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WRFR plans second go-around at fire bond; Stephanie Jaskowski

Office Manager Stephanie Jaskowski stands in a makeshift office which doubles as a bedroom in Wood River Fire & Rescue’s Station 1.

The Wood River Fire Protection District will send a $17.1 million bond question back to voters at the primary election this May in hopes of building a replacement fire station in north Hailey and completing remodeling work on its southernmost station in Bellevue.

The fire bond question will only appear on the May 17 ballot for voters living within the Wood River Fire Protection District, which serves over 1,400 households in unincorporated Blaine County.

According to Wood River Fire & Rescue Chief Ron Bateman, the $17.1 million ask would cover the cost of designing, furnishing, and constructing a station off Empty Saddle Trail in Hailey.

WRFR plans second go-around at fire bond

Wood River Fire & Rescue—the main ambulance service provider for unincorporated Blaine County—is hoping to finance construction of a new fire station on a parcel just south of the Hailey’s Life Church.

WRFR plans second go-around at fire bond; eli mcnees

Wood River Fire & Rescue personnel—including Engineer Eli McNees, pictured—have long said that the apparatus bays in Station 1 are too small to hose down vehicles, comfortably retrieve supplies or complete rig checks and inventory.

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