MESA, Ariz. — A new 12-thousand square-foot fire station opened its doors Monday in Mesa, Arizona, replacing a firehouse that was nearly 60 years old.
The Mesa Fire and Medical honor guard presented the colors, accompanied by bagpipes, leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Mesa Fire Station 203.
The building at 324 S. Alma School Road cost more than four million dollars to build. It was funded completely by voter-approved bonds.
“This new fire station with the additional space and additional technology is really going to allow us to be a lot more flexible to bring in additional resources and be able to maintain a service level that we’re very proud of,” Mesa Fire Chief Harry Beck said.
The new fire station has three apparatus bays, eight dorm rooms for firefighters, and a room for community meetings and training. The facility also has an on-site fuel station.
Mesa Mayor John Giles said this new facility will make it easier to follow the city’s recently-adopted practice of sending out a nurse practitioner and a fire captain in response to many of Mesa’s 911 calls, most of which are medically-oriented.
“Their goal is to provide medical care and hopefully avoid transporting people to already overcrowded emergency rooms,” Giles said. “It’s saved us a lot of money and it’s also provided a much higher level of medical service. ”
Chief Beck said this facility will help advance the practice of automatic aid where neighboring cities can help each other by answering each other’s calls.
“Automatically, Tempe units could come into Mesa if they’re the closest unit, and Mesa units could go into Tempe, and it’s a reciprocal share-and-share-alike system, and this station will really advance that possibility as well,” Beck said.
The fire station replaces the original Fire Station 203 at 1340 W. University Dr.
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