Following the completion of a comprehensive Fire Station Location Study, prototype designs and construction planning for the new fire station locations are underway. The Orange County Fire Rescue Department has procured apparatus and equipment, as well as scheduling delivery dates to target areas. The department is actively planning with partner agencies for the new regional training facility.
There are three fire stations proposed under the current INVEST program. They are:
- Fire Station 67
INVEST will provide $6.4 million in funding Fire Station 67, which will be located at University Boulevard and Lake Twylo Road. The new station sits on approximately 2 acres of land. The design plans for this station are complete and a contractor has been selected. Vertical construction is expected to begin in September 2017, with an estimated build completion date of March 2018. The Station 67 Groundbreaking was held on Friday, September 1, 2017. The in-service date for Station 67 is anticipated to be June 4, 2018.
- Fire Station 68
Fire Station 68 will be housed on a 2.5-acre parcel of land at South Goldenrod Road and Silver Pointe Boulevard. The property was acquired in March 2017. The prototype station design is being finalized. Following completion of the prototype design, an RFP will go out for construction bidding. The station is anticipated to be complete in fall 2018 to early 2019.
- Fire Station 87
The property for Station 87 was acquired in July 2017 from the Orange County School Board. The 1.3-acre parcel located at Avalon Park and Crown Hill boulevards offers an optimum site for fire service delivery for surrounding communities. The prototype design is being finalized. Following completion of the prototype design, an RFP will go out for construction bidding. The station is anticipated to be complete in fall 2018 to early 2019.
- Apparatus and Equipment
On October 1, 2016, Orange County Fire Rescue placed 12 new rescue units into service. The three new rescue units are now providing service at Station 33, Station 35 and Station 86 – stations that previously did not have a rescue unit in service 24 hours a day. The availability of these new units on a round-the-clock basis allows Orange County to better serve the growing communities of southwest Orange County and Wedgefield, which is located near the eastern border of Orange County. The other nine new rescue units served as replacements for older units now placed in reserve.
Additionally, Engine and Rescue 67 have been purchased and will be delivered in late 2017. Two more INVEST rescues will go into service for Station 37 and Station 56 on October 1.
- Regional Training Facility
In partnership with Valencia College and a diverse group of public safety partners, the vision for a world-class training facility has taken shape. The future campus will be a regional asset that provides unprecedented training opportunities for fire rescue departments, law enforcement agencies, private security companies and other public safety personnel.
The initial stages of the training facility are already operational. This includes Orange County Fire Rescue’s virtual reality Incident Command Simulator, a high-tech system that places future fire service leaders in dynamic, challenging fire rescue scenarios so they can face a variety of real-world emergencies in a safe, testing environment prior to commanding an actual incident.