According to a report from The Observer, the city of Halfway, Oregon, will receive a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant and put it toward a new fire station for the Pine Valley Rural Fire Protection District (PVRFPD). Halfway received the federal grant in 2019 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The new station will be 7,800-square-foot in size and replace a station that was built in the 1960s. It will be located in the northwest portion of a two-acre property the fire district owns in Halfway, adjacent to the Pine Valley Fairgrounds and near Pine Haven Cemetery.
Lisa Dawson, executive director of the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, said that construction is slated to begin in the summer and should take about one year to complete.
She also said that the PVRFPD station, which will include five equipment bays with space for its vehicles and equipment, will be similar in size to one built recently in Richland, Oregon, for the Eagle Valley Fire Protection District.
The current fire station is unable to accommodate all the department’s equipment, and is also inefficient to heat. The new station will also feature restrooms, office space, a training room as well as a paved parking lot and, potentially, a helicopter landing pad for emergency medical flights.