The Guernsey Volunteer Fire Department has received a State Energy Office Retrofit Grant from the Wyoming Business Council (WBC). The Volunteer Fire Department building houses fire trucks, ambulances, a meeting room, housing quarters, a weight room, and office space for the fire and EMTs that service Guernsey. The Fire Hall has a high bay, 7,926 square-foot metal building that is used by staff and volunteers 24/7. An energy audit was done in June 2018 to address consumption costs and drafty areas of the building. The audit was completed by Trident Energy Services and the recommendations were provided to the Town of Guernsey and the WBC.
The areas of concern are the windows, doors, overhead doors, insulation, furnaces, and lighting. The Town of Guernsey has been working to improve the building and this grant of $20,000 with a 10 percent match will help to address the recommendations provided for a more energy efficient building. The insulation will be addressed first to achieve an R-49 insulation value. Most of the insulation will come from installing a new flute filler insulation to the exterior of the existing roof and then covering it with a new ridged foam flute and Derbigum roof membrane. The two windows on the west side of the meeting room will be replaced with double-pane, argon gas-filled, low E glass vinyl windows.
The roof and windows will be the first phase to address the energy efficiency of this building through the WBC grant. The doors, furnace, and lighting will be addressed in the general budget yearly.
The Fire Department is made up of 13 volunteer citizens, they meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at 83 N Dakota St. If you are interested in serving your community please come to one of the meetings to apply to be a volunteer firefighter.