New Rural/Metro Station Opening in Early August
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Rural/Metro Fire Department crews will begin providing fire and emergency response services out of Station 82, the provider’s northern Sahuarita station, in early August. Located on Rancho Sahuarita Boulevard and Avenida del Aguacate, Station 82 will serve the northern corridor of Sahuarita, reducing response times to that area.
“Completing the Station 82 project has been a great accomplishment,” says Captain Grant Cesarek. “I am proud of both of the fire stations and the crews providing service from them.”
The interior of Station 82 is approximately 7,000 square feet, with six bedrooms for firefighters and office space for fire inspectors, according to Cesarek. The station can house up to four apparatus inside the bays.
The exteriors of both Rural/Metro stations are designed in the 17th Century Spanish Colonial style of Rancho Sahuarita’s existing architectural theming.
“The new station fits seamlessly into the architectural design of the community and will provide enhanced service to our northernmost residents,” says David Eves, president of Rancho Sahuarita Construction Company. “We’re always pleased to collaborate with Rural/Metro, and expanding facilities for our community’s brave firefighters has been a particularly rewarding experience for our organization.”
An official grand opening and ceremonial flag raise at the new station is planned for mid-September. Residents are welcome to take tours of Station 82 at other times, as well.
“This is a community station, and tours are available of Station 79 currently, and will be for 82. These are iconic structures in the community and we want everyone to enjoy them,” says Cesarek.
Unlike areas within the City of Tucson, Sahuarita residents do not pay for fire and emergency response services in their property taxes. Fire protection is provided on a per-household subscription basis. Rural/Metro Fire Department is the fire and emergency service provider for the northern portion of the Town of Sahuarita, including all of Rancho Sahuarita. Service with Rural/Metro is established through an annual subscription. For more information or to purchase fire and emergency protection for your home, contact Rural/Metro’s main headquarters at (520) 297-3600.