Avondale recently broke ground on a new fire station — the city’s fifth — at Van Buren Street and 127th Avenue.
Designed by Perlman Architects of Arizona and constructed by Wilmeng Construction, the $12.5 million facility will open in February 2022.
When completed, the 19,000-square-foot Fire Station No. 175 will include three bays; office space and sleeping quarters; a kitchen/dining room; a training room; an exercise room; as well as a community room for public service outreach programs, such as blood pressure checks, school programs and educational tours.
“With new housing permits on the rise, as well as economic development expansion, Avondale Fire-Medical has identified the need for an additional fire station to serve the city,” said Avondale City Manager Charles Montoya. “As growth accelerates in the city, the council is especially mindful of keeping ahead of public safety needs in the community.”
Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise added, “This modern, strategically located new fire station will continue to give the professionals of Avondale Fire-Medical department the leading edge in providing outstanding public safety to the residents and businesses in Avondale.”
Of the total project budget of $12.5 million, $8.5 million will be funded from accumulated savings in the general fund, and $4 million will be funded from accumulated fund balance in the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund. In September 2020, the city was awarded a $3 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to hire 14 new firefighter positions. The grant period runs from March 2021 to March 2024.
Avondale has hired the personnel to staff the Van Buren Station. The new recruits are undergoing fire academy training and will graduate at the end of May.