Plans moving on Freeland fire station

"Having abandoned plans to move their headquarters to Freeland, Fire Protection District 3's commissioner and chief say there will be a new fire station in Freeland by early 2002.Acknowledging that the district's existing two-bay Freeland station is too old and too small for the needs of the growing community, the FD3 officials have charged Mount Vernon's Carletti & Associates with designing a larger station to be located at the intersection of Cameron Road and Highway 525. At Wednesday night's regular meeting of the FD3 board of commissioners, Chief Don Smith said the planned four-bay, $1 million station will be designed to accommodate a growing fire department. To be built with up to six sleeper rooms for professional fire ighters, Smith said, the station will meet the needs of the current volunteer department and the corps of professional volunteers the district may someday hire.Smith told the fire commissioners that Carletti & Associates could complete design work for the station this month, which could get district fire trucks and firefighters into a new home by year's end.(The architect) said to me, 'I can't see any reason why you can't be in the building by this time next year,' Smith said.The commissioners and Smith agreed that this schedule could be a bit ambitious, but said they will speed the construction process along as quickly as possible. Commissioner Bob Elliot said he was pleased with the architect's attitude.I like this fella, Elliot said.Even as the new Freeland station is still taking form, Chief Smith is looking for a piece of property near the Bayview area on which the district could build a new district headquarters. He told the commissioners Thursday night that he has looked at several properties near Craw Road, but has yet to come across land that has unobstructed highway access and good highway visibility.We're just not finding any suitable property in the Bayview area, Smith said of his search Friday.A new district headquarters would replace the current headquarters on Howard Road. "

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