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Ground Breaking Ceremony for Fire Station 71
 
The City will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Fire Station 71 on Monday, January 30 at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at 11800 NW 41 Street and Coral Ridge Drive.
 
When Fire Station 71 was built in 1976, it was built to service volunteer firefighters, so it was not constructed with the proper sleeping quarters, showers, training space or equipment. The station is the second oldest and the second busiest station in the City. 
 
In 2008, a study exploring several options for modernizing the aging station considered a renovation of the existing structure or building a new structure at a new location. The study concluded that the most practical and cost effective option was to raze the existing structure, then build a new station at the existing site.
 
“A new station at the existing location really made the most sense,” said Chief Curran. “That, plus the addition of bi-fold bay doors, will help improve our response time to residents.”
 
The new fire station will contain approximately 7000 square feet in floor area, three bays, and state-of-the-art, bi-fold doors. Additionally, the new firehouse will provide the necessary space to accommodate male and female firefighters with dormitory living facilities and adequate working areas to perform their functions as emergency responders. Additional space will also be utilized to store protective equipment and for training.
 
The Station construction is expected to be completed in seven months.  
Posted:1/27/2012
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