New fire station opens on the Boise Bench

BOISE -- Boise's newest fire station held its grand opening Tuesday morning.

Fire Station No. 8, located at the corner of Overland Road and Atlantic Street, is meant to get rid of overlapping response within fire districts. The station will also improve firefighters' ability to respond quickly in the Vista neighborhood, fire officials said.

"It's going to improve the service in this district," Fire Chief Dennis Doan said. "The mayor and [city] council are also investing in the Vista neighborhood by building it here."

The station replaces the old Fire Station No. 8, which was built in the 1960's and was outdated Doan said. The new building was constructed a short distance east of the old fire station, and contains materials recycled from its predecessor.

The fire station was paid for by a bond Boise residents voted to pass in 2014, and is the first project to be completed with that money. A ribbon-cutting for another new station in northwest Boise - Fire Station No. 4 - is scheduled for June 2, while the fire training facility is expected to be complete in about a year.

Two additional fire stations - No. 9 on State Street and No. 5 on 16th Street - will also be built using the bond money, Doan said.

"We appreciate it so much that the community is supporting us," he said. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line each and every day and this is a way to give them the tools and the facility they need so they can do their job."

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