Orange City Fire Department to break ground for fire station expansion

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The Orange City Fire Department will break ground for its fire station expansion on Friday, August 19 at 10 a.m.

The Orange City Fire Station will be expanded by approximately 12,000 square feet, and 3,840 square feet of the current station will be remodeled. The Orange City community passed a $2,700,000 bond issuance with a vote on March 1, 2016 with an 83.7% approval, that will fund a portion of the estimated $3,150,000 cost to expand the current fire station.  The remaining cost will be funded by the City of Orange City and fundraising efforts of the Orange City Fire Department.

The current fire station, built in 1973, lacks adequate training and work space and has limited storage.  The station no longer meets national health and safety codes, has a lack of ventilation, and firefighters risk injury by pulling their gear on next to moving trucks. An increase in population growth, new hazards and technological advances also contribute to the need for an expanded station.

The public is invited to join the ground breaking at the Orange City Fire Station, located at 202 Albany Avenue SE.

More information on the expansion can be found on the Friends of the Orange City Fire Department’s website, www.friendsoftheocfd.com, or Facebook page.