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St. Francis Fire Station
St. Francis receives KAN STEP award for fire station
The City of St. Francis has been awarded a $390,300 KAN
STEP grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce to construct a new fire
station. St. Francis is located in Cheyenne County in extreme northwest Kansas.
The facility has an estimated retail cost of $737,970. Volunteer labor on the
project is valued at $347,670.
The overall dimensions of the St. Francis Fire Station project are 80 feet x 140
feet for 11,200 sq. feet of usable floor space. The building includes three fire
bay doors and a two-door bay for EMT Service. The truck and EMT bay areas also
have a trough drain; there is storage above the additional rooms. The fire and
EMT station also has an additional meeting, kitchen, restrooms, file storage
rooms, separate EMT and Fire Station offices and an Emergency Preparedness
Dan Hall, BG Consultants, Manhattan, is the architect. Grant administration will
be provided by Michelle Kippes of Northwest Kansas Planning and Development. The
volunteer "sparkplugs" for the project are Dale Weeks and JR Landenberger.
Kansas Rural Water Association will provide inspection services and technical
assistance to the volunteers.
KAN STEP is a self-help program that enables small communities to make major
infrastructure improvements. Local people volunteer labor and services or "sweat
equity," while the Kansas Department of Commerce provides funding for materials
and technical services. An acronym for Kansas Small Towns Environment Program,
KAN STEP gives small Kansas communities an opportunity to do projects they
couldn't otherwise afford. The funding is provided through the federal Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.