Neighbors Respond to Plan for Fountain Hills (AZ) Fire Station

Some residents would prefer the town look elsewhere for a new location, town officials were equally clear that the site for the facility is settled.

Fountain Hills Rural/Metro Fire Chief Randy Roberts told the audience of about 15 that they wanted input on what steps to take to be the best possible neighbors.

Roberts said they will do all they can to be responsive to residents’ concerns.

They have already committed to working on a design that blends with residential architecture. There will be no outside radio speakers and they will minimize the use of flashing lights and sirens.

However, Roberts indicated they are required to use lights and sirens on all emergency responses. The station is expected to receive four to six emergency responses on a 24-hour shift.

There will be six firefighters assigned to the station, including ambulance crew.

Architecturally the facility would be a single-story building with three equipment bays. There would be parking for about 15 cars.

The existing Fire Station No. 2 has some response times in the range of eight to 12 minutes, well beyond the five minutes Rural/Metro is contractually obliged to meet.

Also, the station handles only 20 percent of the call volume in town. The new site would expand that to around 40 percent, a much better balance of resources, according to Roberts.

The current schedule calls for the architectural selection to take place in January or February. The design schedule would take place between March and October, with the construction bidding process to take place in November and December of 2016.

Construction would then take place during the 2017 calendar year with work expected to take the entire year.

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