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Laramie County Fire District #1 already putting bond election funds to use

Laramie County Fire District #1 truck that will be upgraded with money from the 2019 bond election in LCFD #1's response area.
Laramie County Fire District #1 truck that will be upgraded with money from the 2019 bond election in LCFD #1's response area.(Grace Foulk / KGWN)
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 5:57 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In 2019, voters living in Laramie County Fire District #1′s response area passed a ballot item that increased LCFD #1′s funding. The district now has $3.1 Million to spend upgrading its equipment and stations. The upgrades might take a little longer than expected, “Because our good buddy Mr. COVID showed up,” said Chief Darrick Mittlestadt.

Rosenbauer won the bid to build the station’s new fire apparatus. However, Chief Mittlestadt said that it will likely take them more time to get the supplies that they need because of the pandemic. “It takes a long time to build a fire apparatus," said Mittlestadt. "I think that there were some misconceptions even with our own folks thinking that a, we got the money right away and b, we can just go to the fire truck store and drive one off the lot, and unfortunately that’s not how that works.”

To clarify, the only people who will see an increase in their property taxes from this bond item are people who live in the LCFD #1 response area. Chief Mittlestadt said he’s thankful to those who voted in favor of the bond and those who voted against it. Since it passed, people living in the area can expect to have the district respond with updated equipment if there’s an emergency.

The fire district already completed one project. The driveway at one of its stations has been paved.

“We would usually have to deal with muddy trucks and possibly getting stuck,” said Chief Mittlestadt.

“It used to be like gravel and like dirt out here, so yeah, definitely in the snow it’s going to be so much better to not have to worry about mud over there and all of that,” said Destiny Ladd, one of the firefighters at LCFD #1.

Even though it will take the station longer to get some of their fire apparatus, the station is still looking forward to getting the new trucks and gear.

“All of the new things that are being implemented and happening, it’s just really exciting, especially me, coming in as a newer firefighter,” said Ladd. "It’s pretty awesome to see the new changes.

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