By Rusty Bradshaw
Residents should now be able to see some work being done above ground on the new Sun City Fire and Medical Department’s fire station.
Underground utility work was completed the week of Thanksgiving and footings were scheduled to be poured Nov. 29 at the latest for the two-story structure on the northwest corner of 111th and Michigan avenues in Youngtown. The station is funded by a voter-approved $10 million bond.
“We have been delayed by some of the utility work, but we are starting to go vertical,” said Ron Deadman, Sun City fire chief.
Utility difficulties were smoothed out when district officials partnered with the town of Youngtown, APS and EPCOR Water Co. Overhead electrical lines were relocated underground and because of low water pressure in Youngtown new lines were run from the Sun City side of 111th Avenue to facilitate the needed water pressure for a two-story building.
“It was great to be able to partner with APS, EPCOR and Youngtown to get this project going,” Mr. Deadman said.
Walls could begin going up as early as this week, according to the chief. He said project completion is still expected in July next year.
The new station will include three bays on street level to house two engines and one ambulance. Living quarters and other space will be on the second level.
The structure will replace the existing Station 133, now at 13013 N. 99th Ave. It is in a building built to resemble a Sun City home and has room for only one engine and cramped personnel living quarters. The existing station also does not meet the current building code.
While the station project is going smoothly, department officials are dealing with some equipment issues.
A fire truck recently refurbished was damaged when it was struck by a car in an intersection, according to Mr. Deadman. It remained out of service last week. An older engine was also out of service with motor problems, he added. In addition, one of the department’s ambulances remains under repair from a traffic collision in the spring.
“That one is an issue of getting the needed parts,” Mr. Deadman said.
He added the department is expecting delivery of a second refurbished truck and a proposal will be made to the fire district board to purchase two new fire engines.
“Part of the bond funding was that we would use some of it to buy two new trucks,” Mr. Deadman said. “I will make that proposal at the December meeting.”
The fire board will meet 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the district’s administrative headquarters, 18602 N. 99th Ave.If the board approves the purchase, it might be as much as a year before the new vehicles are built from the ground up and fully equipped.
IF YOU GO:
What: Sun City Fire District Board of Directors
When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19
Where: Administrative headquarters, 18602 N. 99th Ave.