WHY TAYLOR CANYON?
// GCFP DISTRICT PROVIDES SERVICES OVER A LARGE GEOGRAPHIC AREA
Gunnison County Fire Protection District “GCFP” provides firefighting, extrication, swiftwater and ice rescue services from the GCFP District’s fire house located in the City of Gunnison. The GCFP District covers a very large geographic area that encompasses portions of Gunnison and Saguache counties. Within the GCFP District’s service area, there are many clusters of development, including Taylor Canyon and Spring Creek, that are a significant distance away from the GCFP District’s fire house located in the City of Gunnison.
// TCFS VOLUNTEER SUB-STATION WILL PROVIDE CLOSE RANGE SERVICES
Historically, the closest sub-station was in Almont, which is more than five miles away. The addition of the Taylor Canyon Fire Station “TCFS” sub-station will provide quicker response time for services to the Taylor Canyon and Spring Creek area of Gunnison County. In addition, the location of the Fire Station will directly benefit residents of the surrounding area with property insurance, which is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain based on the existing locations of current substations. To qualify for an ISO Public Protection Classification rating of 4Y, improvements must be within 5 road miles of a fire station.
// FIRST RESPONSE
The new Taylor Canyon Fire Station will become the first response to protect the lives of all residences as well as property in the Taylor Canyon. Located on County Road 742 between Jack’s Cabin and Harmel’s Resort, the 5 bay station will house a county pumper, a special brush fire truck and a safe fighting small pickup. Wilder on the Taylor will supply a 3,000 gallon truck mounted water tanker and a portable 1,500 tank and tractor for this newly constructed 3,000 square foot fire station.
OWNERSHIP & FUNDING
Who will own the fire station & how will it be funded?
Taylor Canyon Fire Station, Inc, (TCFS), 501c3 status has been approved and we have received our official Letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service on the Taylor Canyon Fire Station!
It was formed to construct and maintain a fire station serving the Taylor Canyon and Spring Creek area of Gunnison County, to support a volunteer fire department, and to raise funds to facilitate the foregoing activities. The Gunnison County’s Fire District primary revenue source is a property tax. Due to Article X Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution (The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, a/k/a TABOR), the GCFP District’s ability to raise revenue to fund capital expenditures is severely limited.
The GCFP District does not have the funds to construct fire sub-stations in close-proximity to each of the remote clusters of development throughout the District. The GCFP District supports the efforts of the individuals residing in these clusters to be as self-reliant as possible due to the great distances from the Gunnison fire house to those areas.
The GCFP District encourages individuals in these areas to form non-profit organizations to raise funds to construct and operate fire sub-stations and volunteer fire departments.
Effective 5/4/2022, Hugo Ferchau, Fire Chief provided the following information that may be provided to your insurance carrier for the new Taylor Canyon Fire Station.
Taylor Canyon Fire Station, Inc. – Station # 7
6201 County Road 742
Almont, CO 81210
ISO Rating 4X
Fire Engine – 1,000 GPM – Class 4 750 Gallon
4000 Gallon Water Tanker
Type 6 Engine – Brush Truck
Trained Volunteer Fire Fighters – Initial Roster Completed Wildland Training and Radio 911 notification ready to go:
Taylor Canyon Fire Station personnel have had several training sessions using the 2 dry hydrants located on the Wilder property. For the dry hydrants, they pump out of 15 foot deep ponds located onsite and accessibility even in the winter.
The Firefighters have trained drafting water from irrigation ditches. There is a live irrigation ditch that flows through the Herring building envelope. With the dry hydrants, combined with the live irrigation ditch and the 4,000 gallon water tanker, water availability is not an issue. The Gunnison Fire Department is the secondary department that will respond in the event of a fire.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
TCFS will be located on County Road 742 between Jack’s Cabin and Harmel’s Resort