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Dundee fire hall is well on its way

Projected to be completed in April, construction forges forward on new facility


By Heather DeRosa, Graphic intern

Dundee constructed its first firehouse in the 1930s. But despite remodeling efforts in the 1970s and more recently, the 6,450-square-foot building had become outdated, too small and unhealthy for the firefighters. Something had to be done.

In May 2012, the voters of Dundee approved a bond to fund a $3.8 million project to construct a new Dundee firehouse. Construction began last summer and is rolling right along.An architectural rendering shows the design of the new Dundee fire station and its proximity to Highway 99W. The station, paid for via a bond passed by Dundee voters in May 2012, is expected to be completed in April. The former station will be demolished a few weeks before the opening, making way for paving and landscaping of the new parking lot.

Officials said the project will be undertaken in two phases, with the construction of the new building scheduled for completion in February. The second phase involves paving the parking lot, landscaping and moving apparatuses and fire officials into the new building. The old building will be demolished in April.

Portland-based Group Mackenzie, an architectural and engineering firm, designed the 17,500-square-foot building. Called a cornerstone of the Dundee community by Mayor Ted Crawford, he said it is “a design in-between a modern and a Northwest feel.”

With the $3.8 million estimate for construction, both Crawford and Fire Chief John Stock noted that the project is on track within the approved budget.

“It’s a very visible location along the (Highway 99W). It will show citizens that their money has been well spent,” Crawford said.

Adjacent to the old facility, the new firehouse will be on the corner of Highway 99W and Eighth Street.

The building will include four apparatus bays, equipment, decontamination facilities, dormitory rooms, additional storage, administrative areas and training facilities.

Solar panels will be installed on the roof and the resulting electricity will help power the station, Crawford said.

Stock said the new firehouse will have a tremendous impact on the community, because they will have a modern facility properly suited for the fire department’s growing needs.

He added that he hopes community groups will take advantage of the new fire house’s meeting space.

“It will be more community oriented and more inviting,” Stock said.

Crawford said the new building will be a good recruiting mechanism to keep a healthy cadre of volunteer firefighters. As Dundee is primarily a bedroom community, with people commuting in and out of the town daily to work and shop, Crawford said he is hopeful the new firehouse will draw in more volunteer firefighters.

“A new fire station keeps a young pool of volunteers,” he said. “We depend on our two-and-a-half (paid) firefighters. We will need additional firefighters and the new firehouse will help that.”

For more information on the Dundee Fire Department, visit bit.ly/17kBsbV.



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