Bethany (OR) Fire Station Ready to Serve

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue opened Station 68 at the corner of Northwest Evergreen Street and Thompson Road.

Firefighters moved into their new station on Sept. 16 and made quick work of turning it from a 10,540-square-foot facility into a home complete with two drive-through apparatus bays, a community room, modern office, workout room, workshop, spacious kitchen, dining area and living room as well as separate bedroom, bathroom and locker room facilities for men and women.

The new station replaces the previous 3,210-square-foot building at 3260 N.W. 147th Place that was originally constructed in 1970 as a residential home. In 1984, the fire district purchased the property and adapted it for use as a two-person fire station with one mini pumper.

In November 2006, voters approved a $77.5 million general obligation bond for capital improvements across the 210-square-mile service area, including replacing aging structures like the former Station 68 that did not meet seismic standards, had dated mechanical and electrical systems, lacked space to house multiple fire engines and no provisions for a full four-person response crew or female firefighters.

Because the fire station is tucked into the neighborhood, it was designed to complement the surrounding area from its exterior design to height and landscaping. Mallison said the three companies who will staff the station are also committed to limiting the use of sirens and reducing noise from any station activities.

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