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Posted on: April 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] New Fire Station Positions Beachwood for Future

By Mayor Merle S. Gorden and Fire Chief Patrick Kearns

The City of Beachwood is positioning its safety services for a strong future with a new fire station that will offer residents and businesses superior service for decades to come.

Construction on the $9.7 million project will begin this spring after years of thorough research, review and discussion. The facility is anticipated to open in late 2018.

The new Fire Station 2, to be built at the northeast corner of Richmond Road and Park East Drive, will serve as four facilities in one:

  • Police and fire dispatch center
  • Police and fire training center
  • Emergency operations center
  • State of the art fire station

The new facility is already saving the city money before its groundbreaking. Beachwood’s existing dispatching facilities are in desperate need of an upgrade. To accommodate these improvements, the old service department would have needed costly renovations. By housing dispatch in the new Fire Station 2, the City will save $800,000.

Offering police and fire professional training at a city building will preclude the city from having to pay to send personnel to outside agencies for training.

The new structure will also be able to accommodate even more growth in dispatching. Thus Beachwood could accept dispatch responsibilities in the future from other cities – which would generate revenue for Beachwood. The city already has an arrangement with Pepper Pike to provide that city’s dispatching services. As cities look toward regionalization as a way to cut expenses, this new fire station will mean that Beachwood is well-positioned for the future.

The station will indeed be built for tomorrow – city officials estimate that it will have a serviceable life of at least 50 years. The new station will be a vast improvement over the existing Fire Station 2, which was built at a time when Beachwood was still a volunteer Fire Department. That building is outdated and inefficient.

The history of the new fire station is an example of how the City of Beachwood methodically approaches and reviews such significant projects. More than 15 years ago, we had the foresight to buy the land where the new fire station will be built. We correctly suspected at that time that – with Beachwood’s constant growth – a time would come when Beachwood would need a new and improved fire station. That day has arrived.

The design of the fire station has been thoroughly reviewed and discussed. Since safety has always been a priority for the City of Beachwood, this station will be a high quality facility built with that safety in mind. The City of Beachwood believes in providing the very best services for its residents and businesses within a framework of efficiency and judicious spending.

Beachwood has long had a very positive attitude toward its business community, knowing that therein lies the wherewithal to provide residents and businesses alike with the high quality services that the city has historically provided. The new fire station is an excellent example of how that cooperation between the city and our businesses yields benefits for all of the city’s residents and employers.

It’s estimated that 90 percent of the City of Beachwood’s tax revenues are generated by the city’s businesses.

Beachwood is a city of more than 2,500 businesses and about 12,000 residents. But – in part due to access to our destination shopping facilities and more attractions – an estimated 100,000 people pass through Beachwood daily.

That means our safety forces have to be ready to react to a wide array of possible calls. The new fire station helps ensure Beachwood is prepared to continue its excellent safety services far into the future.

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