Molalla Fire Station getting seismic upgrade
Just in case you've driven by the Molalla Fire Station in the last couple of weeks and noticed a six-foot fence around it, don't worry. It's still functioning, just not at that spot at the moment.
It's actually getting a seismic upgrade to bring the building up to code so an earthquake doesn't topple it over with the trucks inside. The building, which was originally built in the 1970s will also get a bit of remodeling with more dorm rooms and a bigger kitchen.
The money to do this work comes from a $1.3 million grant the station received for this work and to also retrofit the Mulino Station as well. The work will take a few months and should be completed by mid-February. Initially, it was supposed to take at least a year, but the construction crew is doing good work fast, Chief Vince Stafford told the Pioneer.
The fence went up on Sept. 17 and seems to be generating quite a buzz about what's going on. Meanwhile fire fighter on-call crews are staying behind the station on Molalla Avenue, while daily work is being completed at 209 Marson Court.
"We are doing everything we normally do and responding to all calls," Stafford said.