GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The oldest fire station in Grants Pass is receiving some much-needed upgrades to be ready for a natural disaster.
Work is underway on seismic upgrades at the Hillcrest Fire Station. Those additions will allow the building to better withstand an earthquake or other natural disaster. Engineers recently said the station was extremely vulnerable to a collapse during an earthquake.
The station was built in 1971 and was the only station in Grants Pass that was not built to seismic standards. The department is receiving a half-million dollar grant from Oregon Emergency Management to complete the work.
“Well, if the building comes down and the engines are trapped and the firefighters are injured, we’re not going to be of much service to those who need us, the moment they need us the most,” explained Grants Pass Firefighter Lang Johnson.
The Hillcrest station also serves as a police department hub, and a backup dispatch center.