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Center honoring fallen firefighters and supporting their families to open near Boise Airport

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An old car rental building in Boise will soon open with a new purpose: serving and honoring wildland firefighters.

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation first applied to convert the former Thrifty Car Rental office on Airport Way near Quality Inn in 2018. Construction started this winter to give the building a complete facelift.

Visible from I-84, the building will feature a large turet on the front elevation that evokes the look of an old forest fire lookout.

“We will have more office space as well as more wall space to display the photos of our fallen wildland firefighters,” Wildland Firefighter Foundation Executive Director Vicki Minor wrote in an application letter. “Our office has always been a place where wildland firefighters can go to pay respects to their fallen brothers and sisters.”

In addition to the office function, the new space will welcome the public.

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“The new office will house the photos as well as be an interpretive center for anyone to come and learn about wildland firefighters and the incredible job that they do to protect our lands,” Minor wrote.

Thrifty consolidated operations with other car rental agencies that now share common ownership, including Hertz and Dollar. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation acquired the building and property in 2017.

WFF provides financial and crisis assistance to families of wildland firefighters who die on the job.

The new location will move the WFF from rented space nearby, but keep it near the National Interagency Fire Center, which operates out of the Boise Airport campus.

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