Menlo Park (CA) Fire Station to Break Ground

Menlo Park Fire Protection District plans to demolish its 72-year-old fire station to provide room for a new fire station, reports Almanac News.

The new 13,200-square-foot, two-story building will replace the existing single-story, 3,800-square-foot station. The new building will cost approximately $10.5- to $11.5-million. The sum is about $5.5 million below a budget estimate.

The new building would increase the capacity for more staff, adding 10 bedrooms for firefighters, an energy-efficient system including solar panels and an electric vehicle charging station; a conference room for training and meetings; earthquake and disaster features; a drone aerial port for surveilling fires; an emergency backup generator; and a 1,000-gallon above-ground fuel storage tank.

Decontamination systems will help protect firefighters from cancer-causing chemicals brought into their quarters on gear and from spreading viruses within the firehouse, he said.

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