Manager’s Update – Friday, August 03, 2012
Two weeks ahead of schedule, Gilbert has opened the doors to its brand new fire station, located near Guadalupe and McQueen. On the afternoon of June 18, the first day it was in operation, Engine 2253 from Station No. 10 was the first unit to respond to the largest fire in the Town of Gilbert’s history.
The station is funded with $3 million in federal stimulus money. All additional expenses were covered by system-development fees.
Fire Station 10 is not an average station; it will be the first publicly owned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in Gilbert. And you can see this from its outside appearance. Solar panels cover the parking spaces in the back of the building and are expected to reduce the station’s utility costs by 40 percent. There are occupancy and light level sensors to control light fixture function within the building and parking lot. An electronic sign in the front helps to share messages and information with residents.
The station will mark its official grand opening with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, September 15. We hope you can join us to celebrate this great and environmentally-friendly addition to our community.
-Patrick Banger, Town Manager