The city plans to spend $245,000 for design and specifications for the expansion and upgrade of the Little River Fire Substation.
The project has been in the planning stages since 2001 and is an effort to meet the growing public safety needs of that section of the city, officials said.
Earlier this month the City Council authorized the use of $122,500 from free cash and another $122,500 from the Fire Department ambulance reserve fund to finance the next phase of the project. Mayor Daniel M. Knapik has estimated construction could begin in 2016.
Fire Chief Mary Regan said the construction project will address several areas of concern with the building including public safety for the southeastern section of the city. The chief said personnel needs will also be address which will include facilities at the station for female firefighters and paramedics. The project will also help in the effort to increase the number of personnel assigned at the station from the current two to at least four people.
“We need to build this station out so we can serve the city for the next 50 to 70 years,” the chief said. Currently when the two people assigned to the station are out on a call the station is closed. “That is not appropriate,” the chief said.
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