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Station 5

8100 Vance Drive, Arvada, CO 80003

This single-story station was built in 1973 and had a renovation that was completed in 2012. The renovation added a weight room and four bedrooms that allowed for needed additional sleeping quarters for personnel. The renovation also included a complete remodel to the already existing building. As a result, the station has a brand-new kitchen, two offices (one for firefighters, and one for officers), a remodeled living space, a storage room, three bathrooms, and three additional bedrooms on the south side of the building. The station primary response area covers the northeast section of the district but with the current addition of automatic vehicle locators (AVL) the district now can determine where the closest emergency apparatus is to the call and send the closest unit to reduce response times.

The station houses three apparatus: a 2011 Pierce Engine (Engine 55) that holds 750 gallons of water small accompaniment of ladders, hand tools, extrication equipment, ice rescue equipment, a 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 truck (Rescue 55) that is used for the station’s TRT specialty. Which includes building collapse, high angle rescue and trench collapse gear. Also, a 2012 medic unit (Medic 55) with F-450 Chassis with Advanced Life Support supplies for medical and trauma emergencies. The station houses a total of 18 career Firefighters over three different shifts. Engine 55 is staffed with three full-time Firefighter/EMT’s and one Firefighter/Paramedic, and Medic 55 is staffed with one Firefighter/paramedic, and one Firefighter/EMT making them both advanced life support units. Engine 55 and Medic 55 respond on EMS, Fire, and Rescue calls. If the need for a technical rescue arises, crews will move from the engine to the Rescue unit and both units will respond to the technical rescue both in district and for mutual aid for neighboring departments. The station also has two enclosed trailers that house more of the equipment used for technical rescue and they both can be towed to the emergency if the need for that specialty equipment arises. In addition to fire suppression, and EMS duties, the station also handles all of the district’s technical rescues. All personnel train extensively to remain proficient in each of it disciplines.

Station 5 is also affiliated with the North Area Technical Rescue Team. This team was formed by more than a dozen metro area fire departments to share resources and manpower to effectively mitigate technical rescue incidents. This eliminates the need for participating fire departments to purchase duplicate specialized equipment. Our affiliation allows us the ability to call neighboring agencies for manpower and equipment at no cost to the taxpayers. Some of the departments that assist in training and incident support are: Westminster Fire, North Metro Fire, North Washington Fire, and Federal Heights Fire Departments.

Station 5, although not the busiest station in the district, is very busy with other responsibilities that help serve our citizens and the department. Several of the crew members participate in several different aspects of the fire department. Each shift has at least one certified car seat technician (certified through CPS, Child Passenger Safety) and can assist with installation of child car seats; and many of the station’s firefighters in addition to technical rescue can be part of Other specialties like wildland firefighting or water rescue operations which makes for many opportunities to train you may from time to time see us on out training for potential real life calls. Station 5 members maintain a high level of dedication to the department and the community if you see us out please feel free to say hello.