According to a report from NWF Daily News, Florosa (FL) Fire Control District (FFCD) officials will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the district’s new fire station at noon on Saturday, March 13, northeast of West Casa Loma Drive and U.S. Highway 98.
The small existing station at 1900 W. U.S. 98 was built in the mid-1990s, but does not protect well against severe weather. Also, because of a lack of space, the station’s reserve—a 1980s-model fire truck—must be parked outside. Firefighters who stay at the station overnight also must sleep on couches or inflatable mattresses.
In August 2018, Florosa residents approved an increase in the District’s millage rate to help fund the new station. The district’s coverage area extends for about seven miles along U.S. 98, from Hurlburt Field’s main gate west to the Santa Rosa County line.
The new station will be a major upgrade in services as well as be more centrally located to better cover the district.