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CATHY ALLRED - North County Staff
Lehi is moving toward creating a full-time fire and emergency service department.

The city is building bedrooms as part of an expansion project for the Lehi downtown fire station.

"I'm kind of excited about it because I can put some full-time people here," said Dale Ekins, Lehi fire chief. "And we can respond to heart attacks and other emergencies more quickly. It's a step forward for Lehi."

Peck Ormsby Construction won the bid for the expansion project in December and broke ground east of the station in January. The $579,000 addition is scheduled to be completed by the second week in June.

In addition to five bedrooms, the expansion includes four offices, storage rooms, a training area, three 30-ft. extensions to the bay area and a secretarial office.

The city's firefighters and staff are sorely in need of more room with or without the bedrooms, Ekins said. The room intended for training is instead being used to house two offices and the department's storage.

When the building expansion is done, the fire chief's office will be moved to the rear of the building, opening up much needed space for the department secretary, he said.

"Right now her little desk is so crowded, she doesn't have any room," he said.

And staffers are so cramped, there are often interruptions, in addition to a lack of security.

"We are doing this so we have more space to house the fire and EMT apparatus," said Ron Foggin, city finance director. "We've also needed more storage and are adding sleeping quarters for when our Fire/EMS goes 24/7.

"We're taking steps towards that now and will probably see it in the next two to three years."