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7:53 PM Wed, Nov. 14th

New fire department under construction

Wayne Eder

Wayne Eder

KINGMAN ­ The new Hualapai Valley Fire Department Stockton Hill Fire Station has broken ground and is under construction.

Work began earlier this week with crews leveling the lot. Duey Construction donated $10,000 in equipment and labor to handle all of the earth-moving work for the project.

Bob Drilling donated the total cost of drilling the well at the site, saving the department another $8,500. Plans are to have the well drilled within the next few weeks.

Patricia Lewis donated the land, valued at $45,000, for the new station. All of the donations to date total $63,500.

The department has hired local contractors who met bid specifications to install a septic system and concrete pad for the new building, after the earth work is finished.

Planning and engineering for the project are complete and Mohave County is issuing final permits, according to a release from Hualapai Valley Fire Dept.

"This project is extremely exciting and will greatly enhance the ability of the Hualapai Valley Fire Dept. to protect the community," said HVFD Chief Wayne Eder.

The department bought a new fire engine for the station. Initial staffing will be by part-time volunteer and call-back personnel until the second phase of construction consisting of living quarters for fire and ambulance personnel is completed in 2006.

HVFD anticipates the new station will be partially functional by August or September, and fully operational by October, when the department plans to host a dedication during National Fire Prevention Week.

For more information, call HVFD Battalion Chief Oscar Lopez at 757-3151.