Arvada Fire’s ninth fire station, proudly serving the growing Candelas community, will be operational in the fall of 2022. The 12,128-square-foot station is located at 9276 Wilkerson Court near Highway 72 and Candelas Parkway.
A station grand opening will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. The event will include dedication speeches, presentations from the Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums Band, a bell ceremony and hose uncoupling, and drinks and refreshments within the apparatus bay.
Although Arvada Fire has relocated and replaced fire stations during the past 43 years, this will be our first new station addition since 1979.
Centrally located in Candelas, the station will provide excellent access and response times to the entire development. When it opens, the fire station will be staffed with an advanced life support fire engine and cross-staffed with a brush truck specifically equipped to respond to wildfires in the wildland urban interface.
Additionally, the station was built with the capacity to serve this community for many years into the future. There is sufficient space in the apparatus bays to accommodate future needs for additional fire apparatus and an ambulance as the demand for services increases.
The exterior of the station was designed to align with the City of Arvada’s standard design for the Candelas area, while the internal features of the building were designed to serve the many needs of a modern fire department. Those needs included training features designed into the apparatus bay, a 1,127-square-foot gym to promote fitness, eight individual bunk rooms, and numerous features to support cancer prevention, such as a decontamination corridor.
Aligned with our desire to preserve the environment, the new station is also equipped with a rooftop solar system to reduce our carbon footprint and its landscape includes natural and wild grass instead of a manicured lawn to reduce water consumption.
Most importantly, the location of the new fire station is based on data used to determine how we can best fulfill our vision to provide exceptional public safety services to our community. Our data modeling determined that response times to 911 calls from the new fire station will significantly improve to not only Candelas, but also to the neighborhoods of Whisper Creek and Five Parks.