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The measure, which will provide for new equipment and station upgrades, was passing handily Tuesday night.

{img:319737} A $122 million bond measure that would allow Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue to make safety improvements throughout its sprawling district was winning handily in the Nov. 2 election.

Initial election results showed the measure passing 74.55% to 25.45% Tuesday evening.

"I'm happy. I feel comfortable with that margin," said Cassandra Ulven, TVF&R spokesperson. "Had it been much lower, I'd be hesitant to comment, but I feel very happy with the results."

The measure won't raise taxes but will continue the current bond rate of $0.1415 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. For a home assessed at $300,000, that come out to an average of about $42.45 per year. The last TVF&R bond was approved in 2006.

Among the improvements slated as part of the bond are plans to replace 10 fire engines, four fire trucks and four medic units.

In addition, 10 of the district's 29 stations will undergo renovations that include seismic upgrades, security features, expansions and living quarter modifications.

Those security features could include such items as adding security cameras, sensors and fencing, Ulven said.

At the same time, plans are to level and rebuild the King City fire station at its current site, which is more cost effective than simply remodeling the 1972-built facility, officials have said.

Ulven said that would include making significant seismic improvements and subgrade reinforcement to ensure the facility could withstand a variety of different size earthquakes.

"We basically want our stations to be resilient enough that even in a moderate earthquake, we can still get the bay doors open, get the fire engine (and) get the fire trucks out the door so that we can respond," said Ulven. "The fire stations may not necessarily be habitable after a significant seismic event, but we need at least to be able to function so that we can immediately respond within a crisis."

Also, the district plans to relocate its Aloha fire station on Southwest 209th Avenue to a more central location. With the expansion of expansion of Hillsboro South up to 209th Avenue, Ulven said the city of Hillsboro has purchased nearby land with plans to build a fire station there.

Regarding the replacement of the Aloha station, Ulven said the district already owns land in Aloha on Pheasant Lane, just off of 185th Avenue, where it plans to build a new station.

"We also plan to buy additional property and add an additional fire station in the Aloha area in the coming years," Ulven said, adding that the purchase of that property would be part of this bond measure.

Also, the bond measure will add improvements to classrooms and property as well as site upgrades to TVF&R's training facility just outside of Sherwood.


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