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Medford Fire-Rescue opens new station

Medford Fire-Rescue's new Station No. 4 was christened Friday, the second station to open in less than a month.

Fire officials, family members, and city of Medford representatives attended the dedication ceremony for the $4.5 million facility at 2208 Table Rock Road.

"A lot of work went into this," Medford Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fish said. "By a lot of people."

At about 12,000 square feet, the station is about three times the size of the previous fire station, which was located at the same site, according to Deputy Fire Chief Justin Bates. ORW Architecture designed the building, and Adroit Construction was the general contractor.

Firefighters were temporarily housed in a trailer while construction of the facility progressed over the past year.

The station can house up to two engine companies. Training facilities, as well as equipment for extrication, roof cutting and fire-suppression drills, are out back. The agency moved its aerial ladder truck from Station No. 6, near the intersection of Barnett and North Phoenix roads, to Station No. 4 for quicker utilization in case it is needed at taller structures in the downtown area, Fish said.

"It'll be closer to where the larger buildings are if we have that need," Fish said.

In February, a 10,000-square-foot, $4 million station opened at 1107 Stewart Ave., the department's westernmost facility. Both of the old No. 2 and No. 4 stations had issues with fumes creeping from the engine bays into nearby living quarters. Updated ventilation systems in the new buildings solved that problem, officials said.

The two stations were several years in the making. In 2015 the designs were sent back to the drawing board because of a city budget shortfall that resulted in plans for a new No. 3 station being temporarily shelved.

Savings from the city's other fire and police station projects — about $4.94 million — have since filled the funding gap for Station No. 3. Pending approval from Medford City Council, construction on that station should be underway sometime this summer, Bates said.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Firefighters push a fire truck into their new station as part of a tradition during dedication of the new Fire Station 2 Friday in Medford. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch