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NEW FIRE STATION NO. 1 GROUND BREAKING
GRAND PRAIRIE – The much-anticipated ground breaking for the new Fire Station No. 1 will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, May 6, on location at 510 W. Main St.
The new Fire Station No. 1 will be 11,933 square feet and will provide sleeping quarters for up to 10 firefighters and two officers, a kitchen, dining area, locker room, laundry room, work room, day room, workshop and emergency care treatment area.
The station will also have four apparatus bays where fire fighting and emergency response vehicles will be stored and a mezzanine area that will serve as the primary storage facility to house spare bunker gear used by firefighters citywide. It will also be the citywide SCBA (self-contained breathable air) recharge location for all breathing gear used by firefighters as well as the testing location of gauges and valves associated with this equipment. The station will additionally have a bunker gear extractor, which is essentially a heavy-duty washing machine capable of cleaning the bulky gear worn by firefighters.
The new station will continue to serve the same area that has been served by the current Fire Station No. 1 on Main Street, which was built in 1947 and has been in continuous service since that time.
Komatsu Architecture, Fort Worth, has been hired to design the fire station and Pogue Construction, McKinney, will be the contractor for the project. Although the city is not seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for this building, it is being designed with LEED principals in mind. It is estimated to open in late 2014 and a final budget has not been set at this point though it is estimated to cost around $3.5 million.