The Newport City Council has followed through with their plan to improve fire protection to residents who live in the north end of town. The Newport City Council approved the purchase of a building at 225 NE 73rd Street to serve as the town’s third fire station.
Not only the third fire station, but more importantly, a station that will be in an area that has been substantially underserved for years based on response times on calls for service, and as a long unmet city council goal. Fire Chief Phil Paige says the building, which has been a construction company operations center, is in very good condition having been built just nine years ago. Its appraised fair market value is $275,000 and the city has agreed to pay that amount for it.
Paige said that residents of North Newport will benefit greatly by having a “neighborhood” fire station. Fire fighters leaving the building will have the same fast access to Highway 101 as the main fire station on NW 10th. The third picture shows the short distance that separates the station from Highway 101 (power lines).
The city council also approved a new automatic response agreement between Newport and Depoe Bay Fire Departments that will provide each other with even more resources more quickly for serious house, business and wildland fires as well as rescue calls on the beach and responding to severe motor vehicle accidents.