Grand opening for new fire station in southeast Mesa
By: Kevin Christopher
05/21/12 11:21 AM
Public Information & Communications
For Release: May 21, 2012
Contact: Steven Wright
Public Information & Communications Director
The City of Mesa cut the ceremonial ribbon this morning at a grand opening for Fire Station 219, 3361 S. Signal Butte Road, in southeast Mesa. The new fire station will provide critical emergency services to hundreds of homes and thousands of residents, along with existing and planned businesses in the area. It is also the first City of Mesa building to be LEED (U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registration) certified.
“Mesa voters approved the construction of Fire Station 219 to improve public safety in southeast Mesa,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “We are grateful to voters for allowing the city to build four new stations. This is two more than anticipated because of money saved during construction and the use of federal stimulus funds.”
The new station is part of a public safety bond approved by Mesa voters in 2008. Funding is also being provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) through its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program to provide grants for construction of fire stations.
“The construction of Fire Station 219 shows the commitment of the City and its voters to invest in southeast Mesa in support of public safety, quality growth and economic development opportunities,” Vice Mayor Scott Somers said.
The new fire station has approximately 12,000 square feet, three apparatus bays that will exit onto Signal Butte Road, six dormitory rooms for firefighters, two dormitory rooms for captains and a community/training room for the public.
“Fire Station 219 will help meet the demand in the emergency call volume and growth in southeast Mesa and improve emergency response times,” Fire Chief Harry Beck said.
Efforts will be made to achieve gold certification for LEED. Construction of the fire station incorporated the sustainable practices listed in the Guiding Principles for Sustainable New Construction and Major Renovations. Examples include solar panels, a solar hot water system and insulated concrete exterior walls. Fire Station 219 was designed by Perlman Architects of Arizona and was built by D.L. Withers Construction.
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