Firefighters and staff from City of Fort Myers’ Station One now have a new place to call home. The 30,700-square-foot fire station, located at Jackson Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., meets the department’s expanding needs which have changed since the original 18,000 square foot station was built in the 1950s.
The City’s Department of Public Works collaborated with the Fire Department to create a facility that accomplishes their mutual goals for public safety and community services. The space allows for the present day’s larger fire apparatus and the equipment needed to accommodate the department’s expanded operational responsibilities.
From the technology standpoint, the building is equipped with wireless access on every floor, allowing communication to flow. Training classrooms are outfitted with interactive SMART boards so that all information can be immediately uploaded and archived for historical records and future reference. The internal radio communication system has been upgraded to ensure that signals are effectively transmitted in the hurricane-proof building.
In addition, there is now room for the Fire Prevention staff to work in the same building, improving efficiency and allowing for continuity and coordination of projects.
“We approached this project with a shared vision,” said Richard Moulton, interim director of public works. “Assessing the growing needs of our fire department, as well as prevention programs for our community, provided us with a blueprint to create a state-of-the-art facility that meets the requirements of today and well into the future.”
“We appreciate the hard work our Public Works department has put forth to build our new facility,” said Trenton Bowen, fire chief of the Fort Myers Fire Department. “We’re proud of this collaborative effort that enables us to provide the most up to date services and equipment to protect our citizens.”