About three dozen city officials gathered Thursday night for the groundbreaking for construction of Fire Station No. 2, adjacent to Palm Beach State College.
The new 9,000-square-foot facility will cost $2.5 million. The single-story structure will be built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.
Completion is scheduled in about eight months.
The current Fire Station 2, built in 1987, is not built to current hurricane standards.
Station No. 2 firefighters responded to 2,322 calls this past year, or 23 percent of the 9,899 calls by the city’s five fire stations. Its service area includes the Gardens Mall, Prosperity Oaks Assisted Living Facility and the Heartland Healthcare Center.
There will be no loss of service for the station during construction, according to city officials.
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