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Cape Coral Fire Station 11 opens

November 7, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The city of Cape Coral has bolstered its public safety division, as Cape Coral Fire Station 11 opened Wednesday morning on Burnt Store Road North.

This is the first new fire station in the city since 2009, and it will help improve response times to the nearly 11,000 residents in the area.

"With the growth of the city that we've seen, we've added about 50,000 people during that time (since '09)," said Cape Coral Fire Department Chief, Ryan Lamb. "This station is needed to provide services to the northwest side of the city. We've seen a continued amount of growth in this area. This was an area we struggled to provide services to from our existing stations - this is about five miles, roughly, from those other areas. This is an area we feel much better about now, having this station and response available."

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City officials, including Mayor Joe Coviiello and council members Rick Williams, Marilyn Stout and David Stokes, cut the ribbon at Fire Station 11 Wednesday.

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Fire Station 11 was funded by Debt Proceeds secured by the Fire Service Assessment.

It is open and operational before schedule (10 months to complete), and under the just over $4 million budget, said officials.

The station expects to answer about 2,000 calls per year, and will cover areas previously assigned to stations 7 and 8.

"I woke up this morning knowing that I was coming here with a big smile on my face," said Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello. "Anytime you're contributing to the public safety of an area that's expanding like the northwest Cape, it's a good thing for Cape Coral."

"I am so glad that this is here," said District 6 Councilmember Rick Williams. "We are exploding up here in the northwest Cape. And it's good to know the city is following along with the infrastructure that is needed to support this growth - including public safety."

The station will house a lieutenant, engineer and two firefighters, each trained for all-hazards response.

It will also include an Advanced Life Support engine and a brush truck-used in brush fires.

CCFD expects to service the area for 50-plus years, as projections by CCFD show up to 28,000 residents in the northwest by 2040.

"This is not just a fire station that fits today's needs, it's going to fit the needs for the next 50 years in this area," said Lamb.

The top-of-the-line Fire Station will have all amenities needed to keep first responders safe, including the building being constructed to withstand Category 5 hurricane-force winds.

The station also will be used as a first responder base during serious weather events.

The Advanced Life Support engines are especially valuable, having the ability to provide medical treatment on-the-spot in emergencies.

"(The truck) is going to have paramedics, so they can do pretty much everything the ambulance can, except for taking somebody to the hospital," Lamb said. "So that's going to be great for our response that's needed for emergency medical services."

Eight of 11 stations in the Cape have Advanced Life Support engines, with Lamb saying CCFD expects all stations to have one by 2020.

At the end of the day, the new station was constructed to help save lives and better serve the community in emergency situations, something that Lamb takes to heart.

"We know that in emergencies, seconds matter," he said. "Sometimes those seconds can feel like minutes, so it's important for us to be able to provide that service quickly because those seconds do make a difference in the outcomes of these events. Whether it be reducing the amount of property loss on a fire, or helping a child that's not breathing, or somebody in a cardiac arrest or trapped in their vehicle-this is truly going to make a difference to those in need in this area. We're going to be able to get to them that much faster and be able to help them that much sooner."

Lamb said that further improvements throughout CCFD in the city are in the works, with Station 2 set for a face-lift in the coming years, along with the addition of stations 12 and 13.

Station 11 is at 1038 Burnt Store Road North.

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