A 2017 bond to build a new station in Buxton has come to fruition with the “soft opening” of Hornshuh Creek Fire Station, reports The Banks Post.
The land for the fire station was donated by the Hornshuh family in honor of their parents, Fred and Carol Hornshuh. Other donations rolled in. Among them, Five Star Builders, who donated time and materials to the build, notably the striking cedar logs that make the exterior of the structure fit aesthetically with the background of the forested region it resides in. Donations and grants rolled in from FEMA, Hampton Lumber, Life Flight, individuals and families in the area, and local businesses, including Pihl Excavating, Schmidlin Farms, Stimson Lumber, Swatco, and more.
A large room near the front entrance can be used for regular training sessions for the district, and it can also be used by members of the Buxton community as a meeting place. The new space can also allow firefighters to receive training by way of Zoom and teleconferencing sessions.
A small pond can be used by aircraft and ground vehicles to fight fires, and also to train first responders for water rescues. A multi-story reconfigurable fire training facility for rappelling, roof entry, live burn training, search and rescue training and more sits facing the highway, and there’s a helicopter pad that will be able to be used as a landing site instead of Highway 26.