Richland officials broke ground Monday on a new fire station near Duportail Street and Queensgate Drive that could help trim response times by a third throughout the city’s south end when it is completed in June 2015.
Responding to south Richland from the Keene-Gage fire station and the George Washington Way station takes about six to seven minutes depending on traffic conditions, Richland Fire Chief Grant Baynes said.
Response times in south Richland from the planned fire station — station 74 — should be between 90 seconds and four minutes.
The new $2.8 million station will be built on city-owned property adjacent to the city shops. About two-thirds of the existing parking lot will be covered by station 74. The existing city shops won’t be affected and new parking should be built. The entire project should cost about $3.5 million including bond financing expenses, pre-design work and furnishings.
The new station would be the fourth in the city, which is also served by a station at Jadwin Avenue and McMurray Street.
Six new firefighter positions should be created by the new station.
Once built, the 11,648-square-foot station should feature six dorm rooms, four drive-through apparatus bays, office space for police and four-fold egress doors that open more quickly than other doors.
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