The Salt Lake County Commission plans to break ground for a new fire station Thursday, updating a community legacy that began in 1952.
The $650,000 facility will be located at 4444 W. 5415 South, the site of the existing station, which has been vacated. Fire crews have moved to a station at 6305 S. 5600 West.Construction is expected to take six months.
Lt. Dennis Steadman, public information officer for the Salt Lake County Fire Department, said six of the original group of volunteers who took over two fire trucks and a tar-paper garage left by the Army at Camp Kearns for the city's first fire station plan to attend groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday at 2 p.m.
The design of the new fire station will accommodate the future addition of a senior citizen center, which Kearns residents hoped would be built with Community Development Block Grant funds as part of the initial construction. But the County Commission voted in May to delay building the senior center for at least one year.
By county estimates, addition of the senior center would cost between $250,000 and $300,000 after the fire station is built.
The existing station was built in 1956 at a cost of $19,500 but has exhausted its usefulness and does not meet earthquake standards, said Steadman.