NORTH BEND, Ore. – Construction is underway at the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport as they complete their brand-new airport fire and rescue station.
Airport officials said the facility will be used by their six on-site firefighters that work on the airfield. They said they have been looking to build a new station for years.
Airport board chair Helen Mineau told KEZI 9 News that they realized they needed a bigger station after purchasing new equipment to keep up with the needs of the growing airport.
“The fire trucks we had needed to be replaced,” said Mineau. “We got a grant to replace those. Once we got those, we realized we needed a bigger facility because they’re much bigger.”
Airport operations manager Bob Hood said he’s excited for the space because it will give the firefighters the chance to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.
“We’re actually spaced out right now,” he said. “Several trucks are parked in one area and we move about the field to do the coverage that we need. But it will be nice to have all our equipment in one area.”
He also said the old building is starting to show its age, as it was built in the 1940s.
“You know the walls are cracking, it’s a dungeon,” said Hood.
The project is being funded by a $6.5 million grant from the federal government. Hood said they will begin demolition on the old building next week and they hope to finish the project by July.