Tampa Bay Times
Pasco County Fire Rescue will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning for its new four-bay fire station in New Port Richey.
The 18,504-square-foot station will have a system of three zones to protect firefighters from carcinogens and pathogens. Firefighters will enter at a designated hot zone, then clean off in an area with decontamination showers before entering the rest of the station, said Corey Dierdorff, Pasco County Fire Rescue public information officer.
The New Port Richey station, Fire Station 17, will serve more than 30,000 residents in the Seven Springs neighborhood, according to a fire department news release.
“This new station is going to provide a better platform to deliver the highest level of service that we can to the residents of the Seven Springs area,” Dierdorff said. “The older station was very outdated, was way too small.”
A new alert system will protect firefighters’ health by awakening them more gently and alerting only the people who need to respond to a call, Dierdorff said. The system will also allow for multiple stations to be dispatched at a time, and it can track how long it takes firefighters to leave the station for calls.
The station will also have bigger bays to hold large specialty vehicles, a training classroom and a room where additional firefighters can stay during major emergencies.
The ceremony will be held 8:30 a.m. Thursday at 2951 Seven Springs Blvd.
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