By BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Two Bend-area fire stations are nearing completion, including a throwback facility with modern amenities.
The new Tumalo Fire Station sits right in front of the old, facing Cook Avenue. With its modern brick design it blends right in with downtown Tumalo.
The new 8,600 square foot station has two drive through bays with room for 4 vehicles.
The upstairs living quarters include dorm rooms, showers, laundry, offices, kitchen and day room.
“Notice that we still have a pole,” said Dave Howe, Battalion Chief. “These things still exist? Oh yeah. Even in this day and age they are very efficient at getting down from one floor to the next.”
The roughtly $4 million fire station is a FEMA designated “critical shelter” that sits on 100 pilings drilled deep into the ground to help it withstand earthquakes.
“It’s an appropriate use of public funds to have a station that we know is not only going to last a long time, not only serve the community, but also be a comfortable and attractive space for, not only the firefighters, but their families, visitors and the community,” Howe said.
The old Tumalo Fire Station, which was designed by a Bend High School Drafting Class in the 1970s, will be converted to storage. It will house the district’s antique fire truck among other other equipment.
Also nearing completion is the new Station 306 near the Bend Police Station and Municipal Court. This two story, 9,000 square foot station will be predominantly EMS oriented but with full fire apparatus response capability.
By contrast, this new fire station near in the intersection of 15th and Hwy 20 in Bend is very much built to look like a classic old firehall. It’s running about a month behind the opening of the Tumalo Fire Station. In Bend, I’m Brooke Snavely reporting for Central Oregon Daily.
An open house for the Tumalo Fire Station is tentatively planned in early December.
The new Bend fire station will probably open early next year.