first_imgclick to enlarge In one day, 53 firefighters packed up two fire houses and left behind the stations they knew and loved. That day, Jan. 23, Vancouver’s two new fire stations were deemed complete — complete enough, anyway, to unlock the doors and put the state-of-the-art facilities into service.“It’s definitely still a work in progress,” said Vancouver firefighter and paramedic Pete Adams. “We’re getting there, though.”Fire Stations 1 and 2 were rebuilt to the tune of $15 million. The process took a little more than a year.Fire Station 1 is now at 2607 Main St., and Fire Station 2 has been moved to 2106 Norris Road. Station 1 was previously at 900 W. Evergreen Blvd. and Station 2 was at 400 E. 37th St.Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina said the crews are excited to be in their new spaces but feel the stations are “too nice” for them.“It’s kind of like moving from an apartment to a mansion,” Molina said.The new stations not only feature separate bunk rooms and community rooms, but technological advances, as well. Perhaps one of the most outstanding new features, Molina said, is the new zone alarm system. The system only wakes those bunks of firefighters who need to respond to late-night fire calls. In the past, everyone heard the alarm regardless of who was next in line to respond.Fire Station 1 has an additional feature: traffic control.“When we were looking at this location, I was like, ‘How are we going to get out of here?’” Molina said.The station is equipped with a button that stops the lights at East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Broadway and Main Street. The lights will stop traffic for one minute, allowing fire engines to leave the station quickly. That length of time will likely change, however.last_img

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