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Portland/Gresham fire station reopens

Oct. 22 open house puts remodel on display

Portland and Gresham fire departments are celebrating the dedication of a rebuilt fire station, Portland Fire Station 31, on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The open house is at 10 a.m. at the station, 1927 S.E. 174th Ave.

It is a celebration of the station's rebuilding and the return of Portland Fire and Rescue and Gresham Fire and Emergency Services personnel and equipment.

This jointly staffed station, which serves the surrounding Portland and Gresham communities, went on 3,388 emergency responses in 2010 making it one of the busiest Portland Fire and Rescue engine companies in the city.

Members of the community are invited to tour the station and share refreshments until 2 p.m.

The rebuild is part of a bond voters approved in 1998 to fund construction needed to make sure Portland fire stations can withstand earthquakes. If stations topple, wreckage traps engines and prevents firefighters from treating disaster victims.

Completed in 10 months and under budget, the rebuild cost $2.1 million.

The 6,938-square-foot, two-story station features an infrared heat system in the engine bay to reduce heat loss when a rig leaves the station, a highly reflective white roof and an energy-efficient heating and ventilation recovery system. Also 97 percent of debris from demolishing the station was recycled and diverted from landfills.

This year, seismic upgrades also are being made at four Gresham fire stations.

Construction at Station 73 on Southwest Pleasant Drive and Station 74 off Northeast 192nd and Halsey Street is complete. Work is still underway at Station 72 on Northeast Kane Drive and Station 71 at Gresham City Hall.

The City Hall project also includes the city's police department and the Gresham-Barlow School District office - all of which are housed in the same building.

The school district will pay for it's share of the work while grants and city funds pay for retrofitting the police department and fire stations.

Nearly $680,000 in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state's seismic rehabilitation grant program is funding the improvements.

The city is paying another $98,000.

Gresham Fire and Emergency Services also recently received a $65,000 federal grant that will pay for 80 percent of the cost to install fire alarm systems in all six of its stations.

'They have smoke detectors but not a real fire alarm system,' said Fire Chief Scott Lewis. Only Station 71 at Gresham City Hall is equipped with such a system.