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Jacinto City plans improvements to Fire Station

Jacinto City is planning to upgrade their current fire station, with a renovation of the existing building and adding space for personnel and equipment.

In November, City Council approved a contract with the architectural firm Hoffman-Liu Design Associates and TDCK Architects, Inc., to draw plans for the work.

According to the contract, an addition to the north side of the existing building will be built. It will be two stories, approximately 32 x 60 feet for a total of 3840 square feet of new space.

The architect has entered into preliminary discussions with the city and the fire department, to determine details of their needs.

The new addition will include a Day Room/Training Room, 2 offices for captains, a chief ’s office, EMS supply storage, firemen’s gear storage, kitchen, an interview or isolation room, and toilets and stairs on the first floor. An enclosed outdoor patio will be off the day room.

On the second floor, there will be bunk rooms for 6 firemen, and lockers, laundry, showers and toilets. Facilities will be provided for both men and women fire personnel.

Extensive renovation is required in the existing building due to its age and wear. Planned for the building are new overhead doors, a new truck bay, new exercise room, and equipment storage.

In addition, electrical service and security service need upgraded and replaced due to its age.

The existing building is about 50 years old, and has had minimal remodeling over the years. City Manager Lon Squyres, and Fire Chief Rebecca Meir, have indicated the work is required to continue to provide adequate EMS and fire service to the community.

City Council was shown preliminary drawings at their regular meeting on August 11. The drawings show a brick veneer building, with an entrance facing Mercury Drive. New overhead doors and a brick facade over the existing metal building are indicated, although those items are subject to the budget.

The preliminary project cost has been calculated at $500,000, but the work will be offered for public bid to contractors, for a final price.

The current schedule is to complete the drawings in the spring, and complete construction before the end of the year.