New and improved Station 31!
Out with the old and in with the new! Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 31 has reopened its doors and is ready for service!
Old Station 31, before being demolished
Station 31 was completely demolished in November 2010 as part of a general obligation bond approved by voters in 1998 to seismically upgrade aging fire stations to better withstand earthquakes. This bond also improves Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessibility, provides accommodations for female firefighters, and improves operations in fire stations.
Tear down of old Station 31
The station was completely rebuilt while Portland firefighters were relocated temporarily to Gresham’s Fire & Emergency Services’ Station 74. During that time, Portland Fire & Rescue Station 31’s Fire Management Area, or FMA, was adjusted to ensure that adequate coverage was provided during the construction of the new station.
Station 31 move-in day (left photo - kitchen, right photo - apparatus bay & Engine 31)
Station 31, located at 1927 NE 174th Street, has never looked better with a newly expanded apparatus bay to hold fire equipment and apparatus. The apparatus bay will include water fills for fire apparatus on the ceiling as well as a high-powered generator. The newly built station is a two-story building with a kitchen/living area upstairs, a guarded fire pole from the second to first floor, dorms/sleeping rooms, an elevator, and an exercise room. It also has high ceilings, windows, and skylights to reduce the amount of electrical lighting that is needed during the day.
Station 31 continues to serve citizens in both Portland and Gresham. Portland and Gresham firefighters use the station jointly and the cities alternate use of the station, with Portland firefighters using it for two shifts and Gresham firefighters for one shift.
Station 31 is in the process of planning an open house for the public to visit and get to know their neighborhood firefighters! Check back on the blog for an announcement of the open house date!
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