(Representative Mike Simpson Press Release, February 14, 2023)
“The current McCammon fire station is totally inadequate to meet the growing county’s needs,” said Simpson. “While a new fire station is obviously needed for community protection, this project will also positively impact the community in several additional ways, and I look forward to seeing how the whole community benefits from this funding.”
“I was so excited to learn that we were awarded the CPF for our fire station. I feel we have been on a roller coaster ride trying to get this fire station built for the City of McCammon. We were working along with the architect and finally the builder. When they came up with an estimate of what the building would cost, we thought we would have to cancel the build.
“When we first started planning for the fire station, we were estimating approximately $2 million for the project. As you know, building costs started increasing immensely. We were quite discouraged thinking we would have to scrap the project. We thought there would be no way we could come up with the funding. We have a bond for $1.28 million, which has ended up not being enough with the current building cost.
“Our current fire station was originally set up for a maintenance shed and is only 2,200 square feet. We have had to turn down the opportunity to receive newer fire trucks because they would not fit inside the facility. Our new fire station design is going to be between 13,000-14,000 square feet. Building the new station will allow for more volunteerism. It will have a training facility to help train the volunteers. It will allow for future growth with a second floor sleeping quarters and kitchen. We will also be eligible for new equipment which is desperately needed.
“We are so appreciative and grateful for your help in moving this project forward. Without this funding we would not be able to complete this very necessary and needed facility. Again, thank you so much!” -City of McCammon Mayor Karlene Hall
“We are very excited to see this community project move forward for the City of McCammon and grateful for Congressman Simpson’s commitment to helping bring vital infrastructure to rural communities.” -Krystal Denny, Director of Operations for Southeast Idaho Council of Governments