Published on April 4th, 2013 | by NSB Observer0
City to Break Ground on New Fire Station
New Smyrna Beach firefighters will soon have a replacement for the aging Faulkner Street fire station. City officials will conduct the ceremonial ground breaking on the Central Fire Station project at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, at 1400 S.R. 44, New Smyrna Beach.
“This is a more strategic location for future planning and growth,” said Dave McCallister, New Smyrna Beach fire chief. “By relocation crews from the Faulkner Street fire station to the S.R. 44 location, they will be able to respond more quickly within their coverage area and when assisting another station, other cities or Volusia County.”
The New Smyrna Beach Fire and Rescue Department serves 40-square miles using the same number of fire stations that existed more than 30 years ago, he added. By building and operating more efficiently and with the future in mind, McCallister said the department can continue to serve the community through its anticipated build out.
“We’re constructing a building design that’s proven to work well for our fire crews,” McCallister said.
The cost of the 11,500-square-foot station is $2.86 million. Construction could be completed as early as April 2014. APM Construction, Daytona Beach, is the general contractor.
This is the final public safety project to be built using an $18.3-million general obligation bond approved by voters in 2004 for public safety projects and sidewalks, according to Khalid Resheidat, assistant city manager. Additional bond-funded public safety projects that have been completed include three fire stations and the police department. Sidewalk segments have been prioritized citywide to be funded by general obligation bond monies available after construction of this last fire station.