Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department Receives Much Needed Grants
By: Steve Childs, Public Information Officer, GHAVFD
The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Dept. is pleased to announce that it has received grant monies totaling $183,000 from the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Foundation representatives Randy Davis and Judy Nystrom of Estes Park presented the check Thursday, January 30 at a ceremony held at the Glen Haven Fire Station.
The Fire Department applied to the Foundation for three grants after the devastating flood last September. The first grant application was a request for approximately $25,000 to purchase an emergency stand-by generator at the new Glen Haven Fire Station. The generator will enable emergency operations to continue during power outages. The second grant application was a request for $69,000 to purchase a newer fire engine. The flood destroyed many of the roads in the Glen Haven area, and the larger fire apparatus currently in the Department’s inventory are unable to negotiate the temporary “pioneer” roads that have been constructed since the flood. A smaller fire engine is needed to enable the Department to respond to structure fires and other emergencies in the Glen Haven area.
The third grant application was a request for funding to assist in the reconstruction of roads and river crossings within the Glen Haven Subdivision. The Glen Haven Area V.F.D. is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation, and is able to apply for many grants that are not available to other entities. The approximately $95,000 awarded for road and bridge repairs will help restore emergency access as individual road and bridge projects are identified and approved. Damages to the Glen Haven area road and bridge infrastructure are estimated to be $2,000,000. The roads in Glen Haven are private, and are not eligible for tax-based funding through government agencies like FEMA, the State of Colorado or Larimer County. This generous road and bridge grant provides a starting point for the community in the long process of recovery as other funding sources are sought.
The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department and the entire Glen Haven community would like to extend their heart-felt thanks and appreciation to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and for all of the support offered by the many people who continue to donate time and money to the Glen Haven flood recovery efforts.