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By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Moose Pass Fire Company moves into new quarters

 

Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Curtis Jacobson, Brian Morris and Mike Markiel of the Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Company chop a ribbon stick in half in dedication of the new MPVFC Firehall.

The Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Company has completed a move into a former Alaska Department of Transportation building that now provides office space and a garage area accommodating most of their fire fighting vehicle fleet. The Saturday dedication for the commmunity project ended several years of wrangling with state agencies and lobbying for funding for the required extensive remodelling.

The move also freed up space formerly occupied by the fire company in the Moose Pass Community Hall, which will allow the library to expand beyond the small room it currently occupies. The recent Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival took advantage of the extra space to host additional exhibitors inside the former garage bays.

Renovations for the restored building began from the inside out with CAP Construction installing new siding and roofing over the winter. Then work moved inside, as the interior was stripped down and prepared for new sheetrock. Now the structure is virtually unrecognizable as the old dilapidated DOT equipment shack. That was one of the incentives to start with the exterior as the community considered it an eyesore.

Moose Pass is home to the Moose Pass Sportsmen’s Club which will own the property once title is signed over this fall. The all-volunteer organization also owns and operates the community hall through contribution from its members. As a matter of fact, all community facilities and services are funded by local MPSC members and through fundraising events and state revenue sharing.

That’s one point of pride that is expressed by locals when they talk about the community hall and library, the new fire station and the auxiliary station out at Mile 36. Moose Pass gets its public services on the basis of community cooperation, not taxes.

However, getting the construction work done did require some funding from the State of Alaska. Moose Pass resident Jeff Hetrick worked the halls of Juneau during the last couple of legislative sessions to get the final appropriation for the project and Rep. Mike Chenault came through with the funding. The final $200,000 came through this summer.

Hetrick and Chenault were on hand to speak at the Saturday ribbon cutting along with former Seward Fire Chief David Squires who gave a heartfelt congratulations to the community. MPVFD Fire Chief Brian Morris spoke briefly in his dress blues and then, with the assistance of Curtis Jacobson, Assistant Chief and Mike Markiel, EMS Captain, cut the ribbon.

 

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