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Poudre Fire Authority marks grand opening of Station 8

It's a step up from that temporary modular trailer.

Poudre Fire Authority's Station No. 8 is a mansion compared to the aged brick building that once served as the staging area for firefighters whose coverage area centered on Timnath and stretched to east Fort Collins.

Though crews that were temporarily housed in a trailer during the roughly nine-month construction project moved into the high-tech, hyper-efficient Station No. 8 on Dec. 23, Saturday marked building's public unveiling and official grand opening ceremony.

"This is a big day for us," PFA Chief Tom DeMint told the approximately 300 people crowded inside the station's spacious south bay. Scores more came and went through the morning, eager to scope out engines new and old and mill around living quarters and new training areas.

After a groundbreaking in March, Brinkman Construction Inc. built the 15,449-square-foot station at 4800 Signal Tree Drive, south of Timnath's downtown district and east of Interstate 25.

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