A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today for Fire Station 203, 324 S. Alma School Road. Funding for the project is from the 2008 and 2013 Public Safety Bonds approved by Mesa voters.
"As our community grows, so does our need for larger and well equipped fire stations to serve Mesa residents," Mesa Mayor John Giles said. "Most of all, thank you to the voters who approved both the purchase of the property and building of the station. Investments like these make for better communities."
The fire station replaces the original Fire Station 203, 1340 W. University Drive, which was inadequate to serve the needs of current fire operations due to its age, location and size.
"The old Fire Station 203 was built nearly 60 years ago and was no longer able to handle the volume of calls for the densely populated area it served. This new station will be able to handle all the modern equipment and call volume that the old location could not. It will be a major improvement not only for our firefighters, but for our neighbors, who will benefit with improved services," Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said. "This is one of the last projects to be built under the 2008 public safety bond election. I am proud that Mesa has delivered on the promises we made to our residents eight years ago."
The replacement fire station has approximately 12,000 square feet, three apparatus bays, six dormitory rooms for firefighters, two dormitory rooms for captains, a Fire/EMS training/community room and an onsite fuel station.
"The rebuilding of Fire Station 203 is a testament to how advocates within our City leadership and our elected officials aggressively respond to the needs of ourcommunity," Fire Chief Harry Beck said. "Our Department, and especially the firefighter/paramedic crews working out of the original station 203, are certainly appreciative of the support and the ability to provide efficient service to the citizens living and working in Fire Station 203's response area."
Fire Station 203 is the fifth fire station built in Mesa since 2009 with voter-approved bond money.
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