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CCFD breaks ground for Fire Station No. 12

By CHUCK?BALLARO - | Jun 10, 2021

CHUCK BALLARO Fire Chief Ryan Lamb, Councilmember Tom Hayden, Mayor John Gunter, council members Dan Sheppard and Gloria Tate and City Manager Rob Hernandez turn the dirt at the groundbreaking of Fire Station. No. 12 on Thursday. The station should be completed in March 2022 at a cost of just over $4.5 million.

For residents living in the area of Chiquita Boulevard near Veterans Boulevard, it can be an excruciating wait for those whose house is on fire or have a loved one in need of emergency care.

On Thursday, ground was broken at 2129 Chiquita Blvd. on a what will soon be the city’s 12th fire and rescue facility.

Fire Chief Ryan Lamb held a brief ceremony that featured words from Mayor John Gunter and Councilmember Tom Hayden before the ceremonial dirt was turned to signify the start of construction.

Lamb said Station No. 12 has been in the works for years, and the groundbreaking stood as a realization of that hard work.

“Thanks to the work of the city council we were able to move this forward by a couple years due to the data regarding response time to this area,” Lamb said. “It’s a growing area and we continue to see a demand for emergency response service in this area.”

Fire Station 12 will incorporate areas currently covered by Stations 4, 6, and 8. The addition of this station is necessary to match the growth of the city and improve response times in the area, officials said.

“We’ve had structure fires in this area, and even with all the units in their assigned stations it was still taking 12 to 13 minutes to get to some of the areas,” Lamb said. “This is a key sore spot. Our goal as a city is for a ‘hello to hello,’ from the time we receive the 911 call to us knocking on the door, in under 10 minutes 90 percent of the time.”

Hayden, who represents the area where the station is going, said this is a huge deal for the community and will help keep residents safer.

“It was needed here and any time we can get our EMTs, paramedics, firefighters to a scene quicker, it makes a big difference and helps save lives,” Hayden said. “Being able to get the times down is so important. It’s been part of our progression to get these stations built and it helps that statistic.”

Gunter was a council member when the fast-tracking of Station No. 12 was approved. He supported it and said it was a no-brainer.

“We recognized at that time that response times in this area were the greatest. We knew this was an area where we had to concentrate on a new firehouse,” Gunter said. “We realize every second counts and one of our goals is response time decreases.”

The station should be completed in March 2022 at a cost of $4,559,289.

The station will be 9,161 square feet on a site of 1.8 acres. The station will house a four-person fire engine that provides fire suppression and Advanced Life Support services and a Battalion Chief.