Davie breaks ground on fire station


Building will house 6 to 8 rescue staff each shift

By Jodie Needle
Special correspondent
Posted March 18 2005

Davie ∑ The town soon will have a new fire station and fire-safety equipment.

Officials recently broke ground on the station, being built at 4491 Oakes Road, near State Road 7. The station will provide fire-rescue help to the eastern areas of Davie, including the Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 595 corridors.

The 16,000-square-foot station will have three drive-through bays and a staff of 16 firefighters with six to eight fire-rescuers during each shift.

The Oakes Road station is a "significant first step" toward making public safety a priority, said Fire Chief Don DiPetrillo.

The station could be finished by late September or early October and cost $2.95 million. Funding is provided through the $16.5 million fire-rescue bond approved by Davie voters in 2003 and more than $650,000 from the town's Community Redevelopment Agency.

The town has plans for two other stations. Construction could start next year to rebuild the fire station along Flamingo Road and 36th Street to a location about a half-mile north of it, DiPetrillo said. Discussions also are under way to build a station in the Shenandoah/Oak Hill area of western Davie.

During the March 1 groundbreaking, U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw presented a ceremonial check to the Fire-Rescue Department for $125,755. The grant is part of the 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The grant money will be used for a variety of safety equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus, a mobile system to refill air tanks on scene and electronic devices to track such factors as firefighters' locations at a scene and their air tank pressure.

"This grant makes it possible to be able to afford more technically advanced systems," DiPetrillo said.

The grant involves the town buying the equipment and then getting reimbursed, he said. Within 90 days, the equipment could be ready to use, he said.

Oakes Road fire station

COST: $2.95 million
FEATURES: Station will have 16 firefighters, three drive-through bays and feature a maritime design with a "ships tower" overlooking State Road 7.

COVERAGE AREA: Station will help serve eastern Davie, including the Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 595 corridors.

COMPLETION: Late September or early October