Arizona Republic | azcentral.com
March 28, 2012
By Jackee Coe
Firefighters to move in around mid-April
Construction workers are wrapping up the final touches on Buckeye’s new Verrado fire station, and firefighters expect to move in next month.
The firefighters, who have waited for the station to be built since the plans first were drafted in 2006, have watched the building go up since crews broke ground in June. They said they’re excited and eager to move into it.
“It’s just fun to watch it kind of grow, and it seems like it’s gone up really quickly,” Capt. Justus Heller said last week as he and his crew toured the station with Fire Chief Bob Costello. “It’s been cool to see how it’s laid out and get in here and see how everything was designed and painted. … We’re just excited to finally be in it.”
Firefighter engineer William Burnett said he and the firefighters “definitely (have) a lot of pride” in the station.
“It’s nice, very nice,” he said. “It’s neat to have a big fire station like this.”
Costello said he expects the firefighters will move in in mid-April and, assuming there aren’t any issues, will hold a grand opening and open house April 28.
The approximately 15,000-square-foot energy-efficient station at Verrado Way and Point Ridge Road, about 1 mile north of Interstate 10, is more strategically located than the current facility — a dilapidated building on the far east side of Verrado near Jackrabbit Trail and Indian School Road that was meant to be a temporary facility.
The new station will place the firefighters in a more central location and give them quicker access to Interstate 10, the surrounding current and future residential and commercial development and the nearby Sundance neighborhood, Costello said.
The station has four firetruck bays that can hold varying combinations of larger and smaller firetrucks, ambulances and smaller fire vehicles.
The two-story station also has a large kitchen, a dining and living area, living quarters for two battalion chiefs, individual bedrooms for 10 firefighters, four private bathrooms, common living areas on both levels, a training-equipment room and an area for police officers to write reports and conduct follow-up.
Four firefighters and a battalion chief will operate out of the station at a time on three rotating shifts. The station is built to hold up to 12 people at once — two firetrucks with four firefighters each, two battalion chiefs and an ambulance with two paramedics.