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Fire district buys land for new Tigard station

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue is ready to set up shop on Tigard's Southwest Walnut Street.

The fire district has purchased 3.3 acres at 12585 S.W. Walnut St. to build a new station.

A district crew installed a sign at the property Wednesday, highlighting construction details and encouraging public ideas about its design.

The site was purchased for $1.2 million. The district hopes to use about half of the land to build a three-bay, 9,600-square-foot station that includes a community room for neighborhood meetings.

The fire district also will work with the city of Tigard to use the remaining land to provide access and parking for Jack Park, which is behind the property.

Construction costs are estimated to be $2.25 million.

The land and construction costs for the station are included in the fire district's Measure 34-133, a $77.5 million, 20-year bond proposal on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

The area has long been a concern for the fire district because of its increasing response times due to high call volume, the number of homes being built and increased traffic.

'Our goal is to arrive at your doorstep within six minutes of your call to 911,' said Assistant Fire Chief Paul LeSage. 'Because, after that, there is a significant drop in our ability to make a meaningful intervention.'

The site was selected using incident and response time data to plot the best spot for a new fire station.

The Walnut Street station will serve north and northwest Tigard (Summer Lake), north and northeast Bull Mountain and portions of southern Beaverton (Progress Ridge and Barrows Road).

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue will begin the station's design process this year. Construction could begin in August 2007.

During the past decade, the district's call volume has increased 60 percent. During this time, the district has not added any stations.