Project is in preliminary design phase

Plans for a new Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue King City station are on track, the King City council learned at its Dec. 5 meeting.

"We've been getting a lot of questions about natural disasters," said Station 35 Capt. Troy Spisla. "Part of the funds from our 2006 bond measure are going toward seismic upgrades at every station. The King City station was originally a remodel and is a cinderblock building built in 1971¸ so it's architecturally better to start over. We're currently in the preliminary design phase. Progress is slow, but we're marching forward.

"Because of the narrow lot, there is no room for a temporary station for the crews, so we must relocate to temporary quarters while a new station is built. The site remains a key position for us. It's a great location for going different directions."

Spisla added, "Our Board of Directors has made a conscious decision not to shut any stations down as some fire districts across the country are doing."

He also provided some statistics: In 2011, the station responded to 2,377 calls, and as of early December 2012, it had been to 2,183 calls, with 66 percent of them medical.

"We are the second-busiest station in the fire district out of 21 stations," Spisla said. "The downtown Beaverton station is the busiest."

To be prepared for a disaster, all the fire stations are being stocked with enough supplies for two crews for seven days, according to Spisla.

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