LYONS, Colo. -- The Lyons Fire Protection district is asking for help raising money to rebuild their fire station. They went running in the Bolder Boulder 10K to do just that.
Last year’s floods swept away the area’s mountain station, forcing the department to work from just the downtown location instead.
“Basically the water was coming right through the middle of the building and collapsed the west side of the building down in the river,” explains Fire Chief J.J. Hoffman.
Working from one station is a problem because the district is so large. It can take 40 minutes or more to reach some areas.
“We have to get a station rebuilt up there to protect those citizens in that area,” Hoffman says.
Federal aid and insurance will not cover all of the expenses, so the department is kicking off a series of fundraising events to make up the difference. They need to raise $360,000 to get the new station up and running.
“We’re basically just trying to make up these shortfalls on our own,” says Lyons volunteer firefighter Evan Patronik.
Patronik and 19 others from the department ran the Bolder Boulder Monday to kick start fundraising efforts. So far, they have raised about $11,000 toward their goal.
The department is expecting to break ground on the new station in early June. If they raise enough money, it will also serve as an emergency shelter for future disasters. If you would like to help, donations are accepted online at www.lyonsfire.org.