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In 2020, work began in earnest on a new fire station, which will be located at the northwest corner of Howry and Clara Avenue.

The new station will replace Fire Station 81, which was built in the late 60s/early 70s and was designed for volunteer station running a few hundred calls per year.

More than a half-century later, the department and city have changed drastically.

  • Today the fire department runs about 5,000 calls out of Fire Station 81 and 7,500 calls citywide.
  • Training needs, requirements and state mandates have evolved for our firefighters and having a facility to meet those needs is imperative.
  • When the existing fire station was built - the construction only had "firemen" in mind - no accommodation was considered for our female firefighters. The new fire station was designed with those considerations to ensure we can accommodate a diverse workforce.
  • Administrative and support of fire department operations has changed and evolved which means we need a facility to accommodate those needs now and support our growing needs in the future.
  • As of now, we have staff working in areas meant to be closets, workout areas taking space where our apparatus is supposed to go, no adequate diesel exhaust system and no proper decontamination area to limit cancer risks to our firefighters.

So what will the new station have? First of all, this isn't just our building, it is and we are here to serve the community and it's something we want you to be proud of.

  • Community training rooms that can be utilized by the public.
  • Dedicated workout space for our firefighters and staff.
  • Office space for our administrative staff.
  • Living quarters including dorms, dining room, kitchen and media room.
  • A decontamination area for equipment after going out on calls.
  • A dedicated apparatus bay for the department's vehicle fleet.

The new station is expected to be complete in the latter half of 2021. Once finished and we're moved in, the old fire station will be demolished and converted into much-needed parking for Downtown DeLand.

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