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Progress report on city’s new fire station

The city’s replacing Fire Station No. 6 at 1901 Clint Moore Road at Military Trail in northwest Boca.

Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services has eight fire stations in city limits. This one was built in 1988. “It was our oldest station not renovated. The footprint of the existing building wasn’t suitable for expansion,” Fire Rescue Services Chief Tom Wood said back in April.

The $5.2 million contract was awarded to Sisca Construction Services. The project was funded through the county’s sales tax. Crews moved out on Dec. 27 into a temporary facility in a parking lot 1/3 miles away.

Here’s Chief Wood’s update:

Q: Is Fire Station No. 6 ready and have the trucks and personnel moved in?

A: Not yet.  That’s expected in mid-to-late November.

Q: What are the stats on the new building?

A:12,400 square feet. Four bays for Medic 6, Engine 6, Haz Mat 6, and Haz Mat 26.

Q: Will this better serve all the newer apartments and other amenities in that area of the city?

A: Yes.

Q: Was it built for that reason?

A: The old station lacked many of the features needed for today’s fire service.

Q: Is it expected to change response times and how?

A: EMS response will be better, as Medic 6 was staffed.

Q: How many personnel will be stationed there? How many are cross-trained as paramedics?

A: Fire Station No. 6 will typically have a staff of seven, all cross-trained as paramedics.

Q: When is the first open house scheduled, so residents can check out their new station?

A: When the COVID-19 pandemic is done.

By Marci Shatzman

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