Late last week the Ketchum Fire Department moved into the city’s new fire station on Saddle Road, a goal of various city officials and administrations for some two decades.
The 14,500-square-foot structure near the YMCA was financed by an $11.5 million bond passed by voters in 2019.
The old East Avenue station—a converted car dealership on the back side of City Hall—was deemed largely inadequate for the department’s needs.
“We are extremely excited to be opening the new Ketchum Fire Station,” Chief Bill McLaughlin said in a statement. “The Ketchum Fire Department places a very high priority on public safety services, and this new station helps to ensure that we are ready to serve the community as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
On Thursday, Assistant Chief Seth Martin called the new building the “operational heart of north county fire and emergency medical services,” housing firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. That includes the four apparatus seen in the photo above, from left to right: Engine 101, a combination wildland and structure fire engine manufactured in 2021; Truck 1, which responds to fires and car accidents; Engine 1, for structure fires; and Ambulance 21, which services Ketchum, Sun Valley and north Blaine County up to Smiley Creek.
The city plans to move its administrative, planning and Police Department operations into a new city hall later this year.
Meanwhile, firefighters will “place the finishing touches” on equipping the new station before unveiling the facility with a public ribbon cutting and open house sometime in the future, Martin said.