By Sharon Ko
ASHLAND, Ore. — An Ashland Fire Station is getting a makeover, from top to bottom. The improvements will make sure fire crews can continue to respond quickly to emergency situations.
From Ashland Fire Station number 2 on Siskiyou Boulevard response time is five minutes for the south and south-east portion of Ashland. A spokesman says in 2010, the department responded to over 3,000 calls for help, but the current facility has several shortcomings in its design.
The station was built in 1965 about 2,300 square feet and is not up to seismic standards. Plus the facility can only hold some of the fire engines and other tools. The new station is going to be 10,000 square feet brought up to seismic standards and house all of the fire tools. He also says the place will have room to train fire crews.
“Our goal is to be able to conduct training at either station and televise and broadcast that to either station. So the crew, and the resources won’t have to move into another district to receive the training,” says Ashland Fire Chief John Karns.
The construction is funded through a $3 million bond. The fire chief says the new station will last for 50 years. Monday was the demolition part only and construction is starting next week. The construction company plans to recycle 90% of the material it breaks down.