Small Business awarded contract to rebuild station for Navy firefighters

Original Article: Military.com News

It’s been more than 30 years in the making, but Naval Air Station Key West firefighters will soon be moving out of the 1940s era airplane hangar they’ve long called home into a new $12.5 million building at Boca Chica Field.

Getting a new firehouse has been a long time coming, said NAS Key West commanding officer Capt. Steve McAlearney. The building they are currently in has just been eroding over the years, so we’ve finally gotten the money and approvals to go forward. The contractor will also demolish the old building, which makes more room on the flightline, increasing safety out there.

I’m happy that this is finally happening, and it should be done in 2016, so I’ll get to see it come to fruition, McAlearney said. This is something some of our longtime firefighters probably thought wouldn’t happen, so it’s exciting.

The roughly 22,000-square foot fire and safety headquarters building is scheduled to open in January 2016. It will be built near the air terminal at Boca Chica Field.

The centrally located Hangar A-132, where Boca Chica Field firefighters have been working and living for decades, will be demolished to make way for the new building.

The new facility will have administrative areas, private rooms for firefighters, male and female restrooms and showers, a kitchen, a break room and a seven-stall garage for trucks and emergency vehicles.

The facility offers a significant quality of life improvement for our firefighters, which will enable them to maintain peak readiness, McAlearney said. It is also better situated on the field, out of airfield clear zones.

The new station should improve response times as well, said NAS Key West Fire Chief Curt Krieger.

We’re very excited, Krieger said. My staff is ecstatic. We’re getting a state of the art fire station that meets all the design criteria for Department of Defense fire stations. We’ll have better access on and off base. We’ve been operating out of hangars and converted buildings for decades, so we’re very happy to have a headquarters that is specifically built to be a fire station.

The Navy awarded the contract in August to Drace Anderson Joint Venture, a small business based in Gulfport, Miss.

 

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