USAF breaks ground on new fire station
The US Air Force's 812th Civil Engineer Squadron broke ground on a new 41,408sq ft fire station on the flightline at Edwards Air Force Base in December.
The new fire station, located by Hangar 1210, will replace the existing fire station near the Edwards control tower which is over 50 years old. It will house 20 firefighters, their equipment and 17 firefighting vehicles. The team primarily responds to emergencies on the main airfield and to structural fires in within the immediate vicinity.
The new fire station will include five vehicle bays for aircraft rescue vehicles and eight bays for structural fire engines; dormitory quarters for 20 firefighters with showers and personal equipment storage; a kitchen, dining area and recreational area; a fitness room and laundry room; an infectious disease control room; computer training/testing room and administrative offices; a dispatch centre that can serve as an alternate emergency control centre; and parking for 25 vehicles.
Construction is scheduled to be complete by May 2020 with demolition of the existing flightline fire station to follow shortly after.
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