Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fire Chief Promoting Bond Issue New Building, Upgrades in Other Facilities Planned

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fire Chief Promoting Bond Issue New Building, Upgrades in Other Facilities Planned

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Firefighters in the Pacific Fire Protection District will work in larger, safer and more efficient quarters if voters approve a $2 million bond issue on Nov. 5, Chief Rick Friedmann says.

The money would be used to build a new firehouse and headquarters in Pacific and to make improvements at the district's two other firehouses.

The district would raise its tax rate by 18 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation to retire the bonds. The district's total tax rate this year is 60 cents. The owner of a house worth $60,000 will pay an additional $20.52 a year to the district if the proposal passes. The district would spend nearly $1 million of the bond proceeds to build a new firehouse and headquarters on Osage and Sanker streets in Pacific. The facility would be more centrally located, reducing response time, a district fact sheet said. The facility would be next to the middle school campus of the Meramec Valley School District. The building would have 13,780 square feet and would include four bays with space for as many as eight firefighting vehicles, Friedmann said. The current fire house was built in 1944 with additions in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, the chief said. The nearby headquarters building was originally constructed for the Pacific Ambulance District, which long ago moved to larger quarters, he said. Modern fire trucks barely fit in the bays of the current station, he said. Storage space is nonexistent and training sessions for the district's volunteer firefighters must be held at Pacific High School, he said. The district has 10 paid firefighters and about 40 volunteers. The bond issue would pay for adding 4,000 square feet at the fire station in Robertsville. The space would house two bays for firefighting vehicles, a training area and storage facilities for rescue equipment, the fact sheet said. Bond money also would pay for installation of exhaust systems at all three district fire houses and for a districtwide emergency telephone system. …

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