Fire station No. 572 officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, less than six months after the city broke ground on the northwest corner of West Bowlin and North Hartman roads.
Maricopa Fire Chief Wade Brannon said the station was designed to be an extension of the neighborhood. The building has the same look and feel of the homes in the area.
“It’s important to have a community involved, to have a family atmosphere,” Fire station Capt. Danny Ashton said before the ceremony.
That $1-million station will serve the Rancho Mirage, Sorrento and Tortosa communities and is about 1.5 miles from a the mobile home station previously in use.
After the ribbon-cutting, which included representatives from CORE construction, Maricopa City councilmembers and Mayor Christian Price, the doors opened and the public was allowed inside for a tour of the station’s kitchen, communal living area, fitness room and six dorm rooms.
There is an area by the front door designed for public visits.
Administrative Capt. Paul Neumann described how fire station No. 572 is a “safe haven” fire station; the only safe haven location in the Tortosa area. A “safe haven” station means residents can leave infant babies at the station without having to answer any questions.Fire station No. 572 also will serve as a needle drop-off location for diabetics needing to safely dispose of their needles.
Deb Dahn-Chern, who attended Saturday's station opening, said she and her husband are heavily involved in the community as volunteers.
“Initially, the station was scheduled to open in 2014, we’re happy that they were able to complete it before then,” she said.