Fire station taking shape

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By Katy Korkos

The shiny new fire station in White Rock has been the talk of the town, and the building is now nearly finished.

"I've been really happy to work on this project," said Project Manager Victor Martinez, who has worked for the county for 16 years. "I'm really proud of it."

The new fire station is designed to house as many as 16 firefighters and four officers on each shift. Firefighters rooms are small and efficient, each containing a built-in bunk, a desk and three lockers, one for each shift. Officers' quarters are somewhat larger, with a small office space, bedroom and bathroom. Firefighter bunks are minimal, but they are an improvement over the current facility because they have doors rather than curtains on the rooms.

"Each bunk room has a window for natural light, which should result in energy savings for the building," Martinez said.

The station includes a conference/training room able to accommodate 50 people in the front, just off the lobby, and both the lobby and conference room can be accessible to the public when the rest of the building is secured.

Additionally, there are five large apparatus bays in the garage part of the building that open from both ends, so trucks can drive straight through.

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