[vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid element_width=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1614192410476-c5dc7e74-e89b-3″ include=”39704,39706,39714,39708″][vc_column_text]Willmeng recently broke ground on a 14,341 SF new permanent fire station in the Town of Queen Creek, located near S. Sossaman and E. Riggs Rd. This fire station will replace interim Fire Station No. 2.
“The Town established the Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department in 2008 – and this station was intended to be an interim station. Over the past 13 years, this interim station has served us well,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “As a Council, we are committed to public safety, strategic growth and fiscally sound decisions and this is an important milestone for our community.”
The permanent fire station will provide a number of efficiencies including an additional bay to store equipment, dedicated space for law enforcement and state-of-the-art bifold doors.
The new station also includes important safety features for the Queen Creek Fire and Medical personnel. For example, the flooring is a sealed, ground concrete that reduces exposure to biohazards; the firefighters’ protective equipment, or turnouts, will be stored in an isolated room and an additional area for decontamination. The separation will reduce any contamination from the turnouts to other materials and reduce exposure to exhaust. The bays will also include a built-in exhaust ventilation. These safety features are standard in all of the Town’s permanent stations.
“We know this job comes with inherent risks, but we are taking important steps to add layers of protection to protect our firefighters and provide quality public safety services to the community,” shared Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department Chief Vance Gray. “We are excited to get this project started and look forward to celebrating the completion with the community that we love to serve!”
The new fire station will be built to current standards, designed to complement the surrounding area and includes three bays, similar to Fire Station 4. The station will initially house one crew but is being built with the capacity to expand to meet future needs.
The fire station is designed by Perlman Architects of Arizona and constructed by Willmeng, scheduled to be completed in early spring of 2022. Willmeng and QCFMD will also be breaking ground on permanent Fire Station No. 5 this spring.
During the small groundbreaking gathering, Jon Wooten, a former Town of Queen Creek Councilmember stopped by to celebrate the moment and generously gave James Murphy and Jimmy Lindblom the opportunity to ride his mules from the Roots n’ Boots Rodeo in Queen Creek.
Watch the Facebook Live Video, here.