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Fire district set to begin demolition of station 101

July 10, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District finally has plans underway to tear down its second oldest fire station, 101.

The station, built in the early '70s, sits on Joel Boulevard and suffered extensive damages from Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

"On July 10th they will start the demolition at that station. It's been almost two years and we are finally getting this done. There is a three-day window to take the building down; then about eight months for the building process. We have made all the preparations at that station and the fire personnel will stay on the property and operate from that bay while the work is being done," Fire Chief Robert DiLallo said.

According to DiLallo, station 103 on Gunnery will start in couple months, but the personnel will have to be stationed at station 104 temporarily until the building is complete.

The fire district also began its preparations for this year's hurricane season.

"We recently had a meeting at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center to go over various things such as hurricane Irma and the things that went well during that storm and things that needed to be improved," DiLallo said.

According to DiLallo, the EOC is broken up into different subdivisions to aid in better communications.

"We will oversee the East GO (subdivision of the EOC), which will be located at station 104. Our partners are Tice Fire Department, Fort Myers Shores Fire Department, Alva Fire Department, Lehigh Acres Municipal Services and Improvement District, LCEC, FPL and the Lee County Sheriff's (Office.) We went over our plan of attack. Since communications was an issue during Irma, we set up runners who will relay information back to the EOC. I will be stationed downtown at the main EOC center in the case of an emergency," DiLallo said.

All employees within the fire district have also begun training on Target Solutions, which goes over protocols and polices that need to be followed in case of emergencies.

"Each storm brings different types of challenges, so you can just be prepared. Make sure generators are up and working. We get the notices on emergency status very soon, even before the public is aware. We will now have two people representing Lehigh at the EOC, instead of no one like last year," DiLallo said.

Under unfinished business, the district's attorney, Richard Pringle, went over district revenue sources.

"Went over what happen during the special referendum and our options now after it failed to pass. We would hold a special meeting at some point to go over the options that the district has in regards to assessments and other revenue options," DiLallo said.

The district also finalized its budget workshop dates. Commissioners motioned to approve workshops on both July 10 and July 24.

Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District will hold its next regular monthly board meeting on Tuesday, July 30, at 5 p.m., at the station #104 conference room at 3102 16th Street SW, Lehigh Acres.



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