Wildfire safety improvements underway at North Idaho Correctional Institution
The North Idaho Correctional Institution is getting an upgrade. Crews are removing trees in and around the facility so it’s less vulnerable to wildfires, Idaho Department of Correction officials say. In addition, they say, an emergency generator will soon be installed to help assure the smooth operation of NICI in the event of a power outage.
The improvements are being paid for through a $1.46 million-dollar grant from the Idaho Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In addition to decreasing the threat posed by a possible wildfire, the removal of the trees improves security by making it easier for correctional officers to see what’s going on around the facility.
“It will definitely change the look of the place,” says NICI Warden Lynn Guyer.
The grant will also pay for the installation of fire resistant siding on some of NICI’s buildings.
“It’s really neat to see the partnership between Homeland Security and other state agencies in getting this provided for things we haven’t been able to get,” Guyer says.
NICI used to be a military radar station. It was built in 1955 and converted into a prison in 1974. The facility has a capacity of 414 offenders.
(photo: courtesy Idaho Department of Correction)