The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station 17 in Spanish Springs located at 500 Rockwell Drive is finally getting the repairs it needs thanks to Sparks Boy Scout Troop 443 and Bryan Green.
Station 17 firefighter and former Eagle Scout Alex Doerr was selling a car and ended up talking about the station’s needs to a potential buyer who was involved with Boy Scout Troop 443. The parents/buyer of the car then brought it to the troop with boy scouts who were looking to take on an Eagle Scout project. One member of the troop, Bryan Green, decided to step in and work with the firefighters to make the upgrades.
“Bryan came up with the project proposal, the troop committee approved it, and then Bryan started it Sep. 18-19,” says his mother Colleen Green. Station 17 desperately needed a new retaining wall to better conserve water caused by water runoff from the grass along with a more visible sign that was more prominent from major roads.
At the start of the project, Bryan helped remove 16 inches of sod and dug a 12-inch deep trench that was 60-feet long. The firefighters cut the asphalt to replace with brick pavers and Bryan also enlisted the help of other boy scouts and some members of his baseball team.
However, Bryan was the instrumental entity organizing and leading the project, sourcing materials from local businesses and pulling work groups together. Basalite donated the pavers and brickwork for the project and Home Depot contributed concrete, wood beams for the sign, and a wheelbarrow.
On his second day into the project, Bryan started to see the problem of why the retaining wall was needed as water started pooling into the ditch. Enhancements to the station’s exterior, along with a more prominent sign, will greatly improve Station 17’s aesthetics and maintenance.
“The sign was far back and kind of hidden amongst the trees, you can’t even see it from major roads like La Posada. Now that there’s more going on and growth in Spanish Springs, they realized that they needed to bring the sign up,” Colleen says. “The sign will help identify the fire station as a safe haven for the community,” she adds.
“This has been one of the biggest projects of our troop as far as the amount of work involved,” says Colleen. “The focus of the Eagle Scout project is taking on a leadership role which involves planning ahead, helping the community, organization, coordination, asking for donations, and reaching out to experts for help,” Colleen says about why Bryan’s project is beneficial to the community and his own individual progress.
“The community was with the water loss in front of the fire station and people were complaining about it,” Bryan says about why he took this project on. He noted that the project wen great, but it’s a lot of work. “(The most challenging part) was leveling the bricks down into the retaining wall,” Bryan says. Bryan spent a total of 15 onsite working hours to aid the project, on his final day helping to cap the retaining wall and relocate the sign.
“I’ve enjoyed helping the community and working with the firemen,” Bryan says.