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Cedar Park, WilCo officials break ground on Fire Station No. 5

Station will serve fast-growing north, northeast areas of the city

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Cedar Park and Williamson County officials broke ground, shovel-in-hand on Fire Station No. 5 at a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 2, at 1501 Cottonwood Creek Trail.  

The 13,250 square foot fire station will serve the growing northeast region of Cedar Park and will house the Cedar Park Fire Department and Williamson County EMS, officials said.

“Our fire department has long had a vision to be the best of the best,” said Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell. “The city council and the staff here, we’ve always said if we’re going to have the best fire fighters, we should give them the best training, the best equipment and the best facilities. Beginning today, we’re going to be giving them one of the best facilities.”

Construction began in September and the building is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2018.  The plans include space for one EMS crew, an EMS Commander and future space for a second EMS crew. The project is located near the intersection of Cottonwood Creek Trail and La Jaita Drive on land donated by Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in 2014.

“We look forward to opening hopefully by the fall of next year, and that will really decrease the response rates in this area that is probably the fastest growing in Cedar Park,” said Fire Chief James Mallinger.

The station was funded primarily by 2015 Bond Election funds, and includes additional funding from short-term tax notes and Williamson County. The construction contract with Teal Construction, Inc. totals $4.43 million, which is more than $570,000 below the anticipated construction budget for the project, officials said.

“The folks that are going to be in this facility will work seamlessly together,” said Cynthia Long, Williamson County commissioner. “They all have one thing in mind, and that’s community service and making sure we serve the public with professionalism being the best we can be.”

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