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The days are numbered for the converted court office serving as the fire station for the East County community of Boulevard, as the county broke ground Thursday on a modern facility.

Expected to be completed by the end of the year, it will be the 16th rural fire station the county has built since the county Board of Supervisors formed the County Fire Authority in 2008.

“This is not only a big step for our community, it’s an important step for the broader region,” Board Chair Dianne Jacob said at the groundbreaking on Ribbonwood Road in the small town. “This project is the latest demonstration of the county’s commitment to beefing up fire protection and emergency medical response in our rural areas.”

Before the Fire Authority was formed, many rural communities were served by part-time volunteers, who often responded from work or home. Many of the volunteer fire company stations weren’t designed for people to live or sleep on the premises. The construction since 2008 has allowed more rural facilities to accommodate 24-hour shifts.

Estimated to cost $3.5 million, the Boulevard station will be 7,866 square feet, and include modern sleeping quarters, training room, space for up to six emergency vehicles, solar power and cool-roof technology. The solar array planned for the rooftop is expected to provide up to 20 kilovolts of electricity to power the station. The county said the facility will be large enough to house two fire companies.

A rendering of the Boulevard Fire Station, 16th rural fire station the county has built since the county Board of Supervisors formed the County Fire Authority in 2008. Courtesy image

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