Fire Station 19 -- 2490 Research Pkwy.
On November 6, 2001 the Public Safety Sales Tax initiative passed by a margin of 7%. This .04% or 4/10 of a cent sales tax exclusively funds capital improvements and increases in operational expenses for Police and Fire.
The City Council adopted Standard of Coverage for the Fire Department states the first FD vehicle will arrive within 8 minutes 90% of the time and an effective fire fighting force of 2 engines and 1 ladder truck will arrive within 12 minutes 90% of the time. This "Standard" is a planning tool that helps identify areas that have substandard response times and in fact, identified the Northeast as having the most critical need for improvement.
To achieve compliance to this extremely important "Standard" it was necessary to move existing Station 14 to Dublin and Academy and add this station (Station 19). New Station 14 opened in July of 2003 and just 7 months later Station 19 opened on February 25, 2004. The story does not end here, Station 20, which will be located at Rangewood and Dublin, will open in September of 2004 completing the much needed improvements to the Northeast. Now, three stations will cover the area that was once the responsibility of a single station.
Station 19 houses an engine (pumper) company, an aerial ladder truck, and a wildland apparatus. The station is situated on a 2.7-acres lot that is landscaped to be predominately low water use as the Fire Department makes every effort to do its part in conserving water. The 10,500 square foot facility is capable of housing up to 10 firefighters and up to 3 pieces of equipment.
The attached community room is available to the public (by appointment) and will hold up to 73 occupants. The all brick building is designed to be low maintenance and extremely durable.
- Project budget is $2.911 million
- Property costs were $800,000
- The Architect was Hank Pierce with HB&A.
- Contractor was Thomas General Contractors Inc.
If Station 19 had been in operation in 2003, it would have had approximately 1500 calls. It is projected by the year 2011 it will be one of the busiest stations in the City logging more than 5000 alarms per year.