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Polk Fire Expanding Fire Station Service Reach with new Stations

Published on Mar 5, 2021

Polk County Fire Rescue is improving its service in the county through the construction of four new fire stations slated for construction this year, and the recent approval of four more to be completed by the end of 2022.

On Tuesday, the Board approved a Community Investment Project amendment and budget transfer of $7.8 million to begin the process that will eventually construct the new stations.

“The Board of County Commissioners has set aggressive goals designed to improve almost every aspect of public safety within Polk County Fire Rescue,” Fire Chief Robert Weech said. “The approval of the next four fire station construction projects is an example of the progress they support and have directed. The approval of the construction of the new stations improves operational and service delivery capabilities for Polk’s residents, as well as providing design features that increase firefighter safety through carcinogen control.”

The four new stations include Nalcrest, east of Lake Wales; Watkins (Sandhill) Road, near Poinciana; Masterpiece Road in Lake Wales and Moore Road in North Lakeland.

The CIP amendment will aid in moving these projects forward at a quicker pace. More specifically, this funding will go toward environmental engineering, prototype building design and site development permitting and construction services for the four stations.

Environmental permitting/surveying services are required for the recently purchased Watkins Road and Masterpiece Road fire station properties, which need to be completed this spring. And while the Nalcrest station project design services are approaching completion, a site has not been selected for the Moore Road area.

By the end of this year, four other new fire stations will be completed, according to Facilities Director Keith Tate. “The Board was told we would have four new fire rescue stations constructed by the end of 2021, which we will accomplish. The first station is slated to be completed by the end of May.”

Those stations include two in Lakeland, off Kathleen Road and Galloway Road; and in Frostproof and Loughman.