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No bids by the families means city is ready to list Station 7
While no proposals were made for the purchase and preservation of Fire Station 7 by the May 1 deadline, the fate of the Granite Mountain Hotshots’ two crew buggies is still under discussion.
Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light said this week that the city posted a notice on its website on Monday, May 1, offering the buggies for sale.
The city notice states that the city is accepting offers for the two crew buggies, “to be sold as a pair” for $35,000, or best offer. The deadline for bids is 4 p.m. May 12.
Noting that the buggies were used by the Hotshots, the notice adds: “Preference will be offered to a purchaser who indicates that it will utilize them in a manner with such purpose which is respectful and honoring of their prior use.”
Further preference will be given to a bidder “who will retain at least one of the vehicles in the Prescott area to honor the fallen,” the notice added.
During a meeting between Light and Hotshot family members in February, Joe Woyjeck, the father of fallen Hotshot Kevin Woyjeck, had expressed interest in acquiring the buggies for the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum, where Woyjeck and his son had spent time volunteering.
In a May 5 telephone interview, Woyjeck said, “We’re interested in the buggies, and we have submitted a bid.” He added that the Los Angeles museum “has a vested interest because of the connection we have with the Granite Mountain Hotshots.”
The vision, Woyjeck said, would be to have one of the Hotshot buggies on display at the museum, with a light burning inside. In addition, he said, “My idea is to have my son’s ‘14-day bags,’ with all of his gear, in the crew buggy,” along with letters from other family members.
Another goal would be to keep one of the buggies in Prescott, although Woyjeck was uncertain last week where that might be.
And of the possibility that Station 7 might go on the market to be sold for a commercial or light-industrial use, Woyjeck said, “I know the building has great significance to the community.” But, he said, his main focus has been on the buggies.
The County of Los Angeles Fire Museum is located in Bellflower, California. Woyjeck said a new facility is scheduled to open there late this year.
Light said the bids for the buggies are scheduled to be opened on May 12.
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