The Longmont Department of Public Safety has a number of facilities:
- Safety and Justice Building
- Longmont Police and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Firing Range
- Fire Stations (six)
- Fire Training Center
New Fire Station 2Fire Station 2, currently located at Hover/Mountain View, began a review process back in 1995. The station was faced with a number of challenges:
- The location near the intersection, due to a significant population increase since the building was constructed in 1967 and enlargement of the intersection does not provide a safe entrance into traffic.
- The growth of the city to the north and west has resulted in slower response times to this corner of the city.
- Additionally, since Station 5 (Airport and Nelson) and Station 1 (11th and Terry) were opened, the response area for Station 2 had been pushed further north and west.
- Consideration was explored to build in the same location but the property is too small for a larger building
- Modern fire trucks will not fit in two of the three garage doors and the third space is very tight.
In 2018 voters approved a bond issue to replace Station 2 at a new location which left the department seeking a new property.
The city has just completed the purchase of a property (Nov 2019) at 2208 and 2212 17th Ave for the purpose of replacing the current Fire Station 2. The city is in the process of selecting a contractor and architect to design and build the new facility. Construction is expected to start in late 2020 and continue approximately one year. When the design process gets underway there will be a public meeting to review and comment on the site layout and building plans. When complete the trucks and crew currently housed at Mt View and Hover will move into this new location.
The new station will initially only have one staffed fire engine but will be designed so it can someday
house an ambulance crew as well. The garage will have space for non-staffed reserve vehicles and specialty units.
Documents regarding this process will be posted on this web page as the design is developed and refined.
Being a Good Neighbor
City staff understands that when people are told a fire station is moving to their neighborhood, the first thought is often concern about sirens and truck noise. Historically, the addition of a fire station has very little impact. A high percentage of the emergency responses coming out of the existing station are already traveling through the intersection of 17th and Hover. Persons living closest to the new station may actually perceive less noise as the fire trucks will always be heading away from them, instead of coming towards them from a more remote location. Fire trucks do not operate their sirens every time they leave the building. The need for a siren is based on the urgency of the call and the amount of traffic they face.
The primary reason the city choose this location was the high percentage of emergency calls in this area. This location will shorten the time it takes to respond to calls in this neighborhood, which will shorten the length of time a siren is used responding from the old station. Fire Stations generate far less traffic than most other commercial businesses.
The crews work 48-hour shifts so shift change only occurs every other day. A typical shift change has three employees arriving and three departing. There are few visitors or deliveries. Otherwise the only traffic is the fire truck coming and going on calls and errands.
The City of Longmont, Department of Public Safety will make every effort to blend into the area and be good neighbors.
We invite your concerns and comments.
Longmont Department of Public Safety, 225 Kimbark St, Longmont CO 80501
Please contact the project manager, Assistant Chief Scott Snyder via the mail (225 Kimbark, Longmont, CO 80501), by email or by phone at (303)651-8831.
Room reservation information
Non-profit community groups are able to use one of the fire station community rooms.
For additional information regarding Longmont Department of Public Safety Facilities please email or call (303) 651-8831.