Grand opening planned for Dec. 11
TUMALO, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Bend Fire and Rescue crews spent their first night in the brand new Tumalo Fire Station on Tuesday after working hard over the past two weeks to move equipment, supplies and furniture from the previous, 1973-era Tumalo station.
The new station has four bays for apparatus, room for all the tasks that firefighters complete during their work shift, state-of-the-art renewable energy and sustainability features -- and, of course, a fire pole, to travel from the upstairs living quarters to the engine.
The building has been designed with firefighter comfort and safety in mind, and at the same time, it fits in with the look and feel of downtown Tumalo. The brick veneer carries on the tradition of old-time firehouses, and the landscaping is designed to attract people to spend time enjoying its outdoor features.
The Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2 built the structure and leases it to the City of Bend Fire and Rescue, which equips and staffs the station.
"We are confident that this station will not only help protect the community, but will also become a treasured community center and landmark for many decades to come," Battalion Chief Dave Howe said in Wednesday's announcement.
"We are grateful beyond measure for the patience of the Tumalo Community during this project, as well as the skill and dedication of the building workforce," Howe added.
Bend Fire and Rescue is planning a grand opening of the station, located at the corner of Cook and 4th in Tumalo, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m. Everyone in the community is welcome.