Dec. 1—North Metro Fire Station 61 has reopened after a year of construction, and the fire district is inviting community members to tour the new station next week.

According to a release, North Metro Fire Chief David Ramos will kick off the open house event at 1275 Midway Blvd. with brief remarks beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 10. The public is then invited to take guided tours by firefighters.

“We are excited to have Station 61 completed and fully operational again,” Ramos said in a statement. “We’ve worked closely with the city and county as well as our neighbors to construct a station that we can all be proud of and one that will serve our community for decades to come.”

The event will include refreshments and kids’ activities in the apparatus bay.

The event will also include a toy drive. Anyone who brings a toy to donate will earn entry into a drawing for a visit from Santa and North Metro firefighters during December.

The winning individual must live within the fire district. The toys collected will be donated to A Precious Child and local families who need extra help during the holiday season.

Station 61 was originally built in 1956 and has undergone multiple remodels over the past six decades. Remodeling work began in November 2021, and the new building is more than double the size of the original station, providing approximately 12,000 square feet of space for living quarters and four bays to house emergency vehicles.

The new station also incorporates enhanced safety features including better ventilation, a dedicated decontamination room with equipment to allow firefighters to clean their gear following incidents, better lighting, one-level living and measures to reduce external noise for the surrounding neighborhood.

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