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Construction begins for new Lake Jem fire station

RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2007

TAVARES — Site clearing began this week for a new fire station in the Lake Jem community located off County Road 48.

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According to officials from the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, the 7,697-square-foot facility is slated for completion in spring 2008 and is designed to support multi-discipline emergency functions while providing timely and effective response to the local community. In addition to Fire Rescue, the new station was also designed for co-location of the Lake County Sheriff's Office and Lake-Sumter EMS.

The facility will feature two bays, living quarters, dormitories, kitchen facilities and office space. The station will operate 24 hours a day and will house several full-time firefighters and paramedics who are currently serving the community at a temporary fire station nearby. According to fire officials, the temporary station in the Lake Jem area is providing residents and business owners with improved fire service response and emergency medical delivery service.

“We have already seen a significant drop in response times by just having a temporary station out there since March, so we know it’s going to be a good location,” said Gary Kaiser, Director of the Lake County Department of Public Safety.

The new fire station will serve several nearby neighborhoods including the Deer Island and Shirley Shores areas, Beauclaire Ranch, Venetian Village, The Meadows, Summit Chase, Tavares Ridge, Lake Harris Shores and Hideaway Harbor. In addition, the Lake Jem Fire Station will serve as a back up to six other fire stations and will be a first-response unit with Orange County as it is located near the county line.

The design by Starmer Ranaldi Architects of Orlando for the new station will be used as the prototype for future Lake County Fire Rescue fire stations. The low maintenance facility is being constructed by Aagaard-McNary Construction Inc. of Orlando.

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