By Leisa Taylor
New flooring, courtesy of Home Depot in Fort Collins, was recently installed at Rist Canyon Fire Station No. 1, with employees from the store donating their time and labor for the project.
“Home Depot helped immediately after the High Park Fire, and we wanted to continue our support,” said Josh Wallin, manager of the Home Depot store at 4502 John F. Kennedy Parkway in Fort Collins. “One of our employees lives in Rist Canyon, and he notified us of the firefighters’ need. We’re always looking for opportunities to help out.”
Home Depot donated Allure vinyl plank flooring for the approximately 2,400 square feet of space above the vehicle bays. The retail cost of such flooring would have been over $4,000, not including the cost of labor and manpower. The Home Depot employees, who spent an entire day installing the flooring, enjoyed a lunch feast coordinated by Rist Canyon Fire Capt. Carol Dollard.
“Have you seen the (food) spread downstairs?” said Home Depot assistant manager Krissy Freirose. “The people in Rist Canyon have been awesome to work with.”
Freirose and her colleagues are part of “Team Depot,” the company’s associate-led volunteer program. Team Depot combines volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, and product and monetary donations as a way to support communities where their associates live and work.