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Matlacha Fire Station #4 nears completion

July 31, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The new fire station in Matlacha is nearing completion. The interior walls are in place, the bathrooms have running water and the kitchen is ready to cook.

"It's taking a little longer than we thought, but I'm excited about this new firehouse," Chief Ben Mickuleit said.

It was less than one year ago, on Oct. 19, that the groundbreaking ceremony took place. Mickuleit said at the time that the station "had been a dream within the department for many years."

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The new fire station.

The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District purchased the property in 2008 and scheduled construction of Station #4 the following year. When the economy crashed in 2008, the project was put on hold.

"When we were in the early planning stages, we wanted to be sure the building matched the character and architecture of Matlacha," Mickuleit said. "I think we accomplished that.

"This station was designed so the station faced east/west," Mickuleit continued. "This is so the trucks could pass through the building. No more backing into the bays. Trucks will enter on the Scallop Drive side of the building and exit onto Pompano Avenue to Pine Island Road."

The new station will house one engine, one brush truck and two firefighter EMTs 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

County standards required the widening and paving of Pompano Avenue and Scallop Drive. The plans also include additional room for another apparatus.

The new firehouse includes four enclosed sleeping quarters, a community room, three bathrooms, two fire apparatus bays, a kitchen, storage room, exercise rooms and a contamination room. The building is approximately 6,142 square feet with the option for future expansions.

"I'm excited about this new firehouse," Mickuleit said. "The reason we purchased the property in 2008 was to provide equal response time anywhere in our fire district, which extends to Cape Royal. This firehouse will be minutes from both Matlacha and Cape Royal and will allow for much better response times.

"We've used every square foot of this firehouse to maximum capacity," Mickuleit said. "One of the great features of this firehouse will be a community room. We will use the community room for classes and other community needs."

As part of the construction contract, the commissioners had a deadline date set at May 13, 2019.

"The construction company is currently correcting some issues and we hope to get the appliances and furniture installed soon," Mickuleit said.



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