Ground broken on Queen Creek Fire Station 3

Elected officials and staff members from the town of Queen Creek on Oct. 31 joined with members of the community and construction firms to break ground on the town’s newest fire station. (Town of Queen Creek)

Elected officials and staff members from the town of Queen Creek on Oct. 31 joined with members of the community and construction firms to break ground on the town’s newest fire station. (Town of Queen Creek)

 

The town of Queen Creek broke ground Oct. 31 on Fire Station 3, a new facility on Queen Creek Road just west of Sossaman Road.

The addition of Fire Station 3 is a step toward the town’s goal of ensuring a safe community as identified as one of five goals in the 2016 Queen Creek Corporate Strategic Plan, according to a press release.

Additionally, the need for a third fire station in the northwest portion of town was identified in the 2015 updated Fire and Emergency Services Master Plan. The area has the second highest call volume and has the longest response time from the current stations.

The addition of Fire Station 3 will help reduce response times and meet the existing and growing needs of the community, according to the release.

“This is a very exciting project for the community,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said during a groundbreaking ceremony. “We enjoy exceptional emergency response services in Queen Creek and it is imperative that we maintain that level of service for current and future residents, and the groundbreaking of Fire Station 3 will help us do just that.”

Queen Creek’s population has grown more than 27 percent in the last five years, from nearly 26,000 in 2010 to more than 34,000 in 2016.

“Queen Creek has experienced continued growth over the years, and Fire Station 3 is needed to effectively serve this community,” Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department Chief Ron Knight said. “The new fire station will be built to current standards and is considered a community station, designed to complement the surrounding area. We are excited to break ground on this new station, and expand our firefighter family.”

QCFMD is in the process of hiring 15 new firefighters to staff the department’s three stations. A fire recruit academy will take place this spring.

Construction also is under way for a new Fire Station 1 on Ellsworth Loop south of Ocotillo Road. The new station will replace Fire Station 1 in Town Center.

The need for a new, permanent Town Center fire station was identified in the 2013 updated Municipal Master Plan as well as the 2015 updated Fire and Emergency Services Master Plan. The new location of Fire Station 1 will provide direct access to a major arterial road and will also be built to current standards.

Preparation for construction of Fire Station 3, including earthwork and utilities, will begin in early November with construction beginning in 2017. Fire Station 3 is expected to be complete in the late summer of 2017.

The replacement Fire Station 1 in Town Center is expected to be complete in early 2017. Fire Station 2 is at 24787 S. Sossaman Road.

For additional information about capital improvements in the town of Queen Creek, visit QueenCreek.org.

Editor’s note: Constance Halonen-Wilson is the public information officer for the town of Queen Creek.

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