The city is moving forward with plans to build a $9.4 million fire station on Bragg Boulevard.
The new Fayetteville Fire Department Station 4 will replace the one on Stamper Road that opened in 1960, according to a news release from the city.
City officials and firefighters broke ground for the new station Tuesday morning, the release said.
The state-of-the-art station, located at 4210 Bragg Blvd., will be centrally located to improve response in high-demand areas, according to the release. Officials expect it to become the busiest fire station in the city because it will be readily accessible to several major roads and have three bays for firetrucks.
The 18,433-square-foot facility will include storage space for fire equipment, spare vehicles and office supplies. It will accommodate as many as 10 firefighters on duty with 10 bedrooms and five restrooms, the release said.
Fire Chief Mike Hill thanked members of the City Council for approving the new station.
“The investment in this long-awaited project illustrates the council’s commitment to the community and to the staff of the Fayetteville Fire Department,” Hill said. “It also has the potential to facilitate one of the greatest service enhancements I have witnessed in my career.”
Construction is estimated to be complete within 18 months, the release said.
The new station will have decontamination equipment to remove exhaust from the air as well as washers designed to reduce contaminants on uniforms, according to the news release. A space to store turnout gear will be a first for Fayetteville, giving firefighters room to store pants, boots, coats and gloves separate from living and working areas.
A community room will be available for Neighborhood Watch meetings and public-safety classes, the release said.
Plans for more fire station renovations and expansions are part of a $60 million public-safety infrastructure bond package that will be on the ballot in November. Click here for more information on the bond package.