Jan 17, 2014 5:18 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - City officials broke ground this morning on Station No. 5 for the Corpus Christi Fire Department. The new facility is being built on Leopard Street right next to Miller High School.
The energy-efficient station will have a joint-use classroom available for use by Miller High School students who want to learn about fire science.
"We train them as firefighters and then one day allow them to apply for the fire department, gain and seek employment and work as firefighters for this city," said Fire Chief Robert Rocha.
Chief Rocha says program is a win-win for everyone involved. The students will be ready to compete for a job with the fire department upon graduation and CCFD gets to assist in the development of new personnel within the city.
"It's a great partnership between the school district and the city in terms of working together to try to keep our students and our young people here in the city," said Chief Rocha
The current Fire Station #5 is just down the street. Crews will continue to work in the 60-year-old facility until the new station is completed this summer.
In 2008, voters approved the demolition of an unused athletic building at the site and the construction of the fire station in the same spot.
No new vehicles or personnel will be assigned to the new station as the project is just a relocation of the crews to a more modern facility.
The new building is expected to be ready sometime later this summer.