Polk County commissioners gave a green light last week for the construction of two more new fire and emergency services stations — one in Loughman, in the northeast county, and the other almost opposite, in Galloway.
These two new facilities will each be about 11,000-square-feet of space and include staff quarters and vehicle storage bays.
The fire stations will each cost about $3.5 million to build and will be constructed by Core Construction Services of Florida, a Winter Haven firm, which is also building a third new station in Kathleen.
According to comments from County Manager Bill Beasley, each fire station will take about nine months to build, and will provide space for at least one fire truck and one ambulance along with housing areas for both firefighters and paramedics.
Earlier this spring, the county board agreed to build new stations in the Kathleen area, Frostproof, Loughman, Nalcrest and Mulberry.
“These are really good things,” Beasley said. “(These stations) will be a benefit to the county for years to come.”
He also said the new stations will all be built with the same basic prototype design with minor tweaks depending on the specific site locations.
Funding for all the new stations is from a number of sources, including the Polk Fire Rescue Service’s budget, the county's general fund and grant money.
Also last week, the board signed off on the purchase of two new fire engines to the tune of another $1.3 million. The new Pierce trucks will be obtained from Ten-8 Fire Equipment, a Sarasota company that specializes in firefighting vehicles.
There were no dates established for groundbreaking on the new firehouses, but Beasley said the new engines should be ready for delivery to the local department by next July.