Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Visible Signs of Progress - New Fire Station

From New Fire Station 6

There is visible evidence of progress on the construction of Hillsboro Fire Department’s new fire station located at 21880 NW Cherry Lane. The contractor, CSI Construction of Portland, has begun site work in preparation for laying a foundation for the 16,000-square foot building that will house an engine company and the Department’s training division.

The addition of this facility is part of the Fire Department’s Strategic Plan that City Council approved to address response times. Our goal is to reach your emergency within four minutes of leaving our station 75% of the time. The need to arrive at fires quickly is obvious—to stop the progression of a fire before it destroys more of your property. The majority of our calls are medical in nature and rapid access of the patient is essential to deliver life-saving medical treatment in the field, as well.

The new fire station is designed to achieve a LEED Gold Certification when completed. The LEED Program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building rating system providing a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Building to this standard offers many benefits:

1. The construction process focuses on locally produced and/or locally sourced materials
2. Consumes fewer resources and generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions
3. Will be energy efficient, requiring less electricity and water to operate

The completion of the construction project is slated for July 2010.