by Steve Howe
The dream of having a fire hall has been long in the making for the Crane Rangeland Fire Protection Association (Crane RFPA). That dream took another big step toward reality on Tuesday, Oct. 27, when ground was officially broken on the plot of land where the building will sit, near the end of Harney Avenue in Crane.
Board Treasurer Linda Miller explained that the “L”-shaped property on which the groundbreaking took place had been donated to the Crane RFPA by the Crane school district two years ago, when it had to reclaim the space where the fire trucks had been stored for school bus storage. Miller said all the materials for the construction of the building have been purchased, and a request for bids on the labor to assemble the building has been advertised. The next step will be to select the bid, which will be done at a public board meeting to be held Nov. 9.
The 40-by-48 foot building will have room for three trucks, a parts room and meeting area, and a restroom.
“This will give us a place to work on the trucks year-round,” said Fire Supervisor Don Lindner.
The first stage in the process will be to construct the building. Following that, a concrete floor will be installed. Finally, the walls will be insulated and finished.
Miller said they have pursued grants and donations. She said they received $40,000 in donations during the last fiscal year, and noted that all donations are tax deductible – Crane RFPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
“We need to acknowledge all donors, including Treetop Ranches, McEwen Ranches and Harney Electric,” said Miller. She added that members are also sending in extra on top of their annual memberships to help pay for the new hall.
Members of the RFPA pay $100 per year for fire protection. As a member, if a fire occurs on your property, you do not pay for the firefighting response.
The Crane RFPA has 25 vehicles distributed throughout the area. Lindner said in 2003 when he started working with the association, there were six vehicles. The trucks are placed around the district, which covers 1.8 million acres.
The public board meeting of the Crane RFPA will be held Monday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. at Crystal Crane Hot Springs. Construction bids will be reviewed, and the election of 2016 officers will be held. A potluck dinner will follow the meeting. For more information, please call 541-493-2678.