Clackamas Fire District #1 will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new fleet and logistics center at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6.
Clackamas Fire began a contract for service in its fleet division in 2011 and purchased property just north of the fire district's training center, 16170 S.E. 130th Ave., Clackamas. The current 7,000-square-foot building formerly was used by a landscape firm.
The fire district made a few modifications to the current building to make it useful for the fleet division. During this time, Clackamas Fire moved its logistics division into the building as well.
Through the passage of the fire district's general obligation bond by voters in 2015 for $29 million, it was decided to construct and equip a new 20,000-square-foot fleet and logistics center.
Logistics now is storing their supplies in seven different locations on the property or on the other district-owned property to the south. Some of the fleet apparatus does not fit inside the bays. With only three bays, there are times the mechanics are working outside to get various equipment back in service.
"This becomes a real concern during harsh weather in the summer and during the rainy season," said Clackamas Fire spokesman Steve Hoffeditz. "The design of the building will provide room to fit apparatus completely indoors for inspection, maintenance and service work."
As the fire district has moved forward with the building project, there has been an increase in other agencies requesting fleet services. Currently, in addition to its own fleet, Clackamas Fire provides fleet services for Canby Fire District #62, Gladstone Fire Department and Lake Oswego Fire Department.
The Fire District began the process for designing a new Fleet and Logistics Center through a request for proposals for architectural services, which resulted in the hiring of Rice Fergus Miller Inc. Its plans for this project resulted in the hiring of Emerick Construction after a request for proposals to hire a contractor.
This new building will double the amount of available bay space to work on apparatus from the current building. It will provide an updated parts storage area and fabrication shop, both of which are lacking in the current building.
"As for logistics, the storage space will be slightly more than the current seven locations that items are being housed in," Hoffiditz said. "Logistics will become more efficient in their storage needs and the larger space will provide the fire district the ability to meet the future needs of staff."
After the groundbreaking, officials expect it will take approximately 300 days to have a completed fleet and logistics center.