Gilbert is scheduled to open two new fire stations by the end of the year, including the first to serve the town’s growing northeast region.
One station will be built on the southeast corner of Warner Road and 172nd Street, between Higley and Recker roads. The other will be built near Power Ranch at the northeast corner of Germann Road and the Roosevelt Canal, west of Power Road.
The latter station will replace the temporary facility near Power and Queen Creek roads that has operated for about four years, Gilbert Fire Chief Collin DeWitt said.
The stations are expected to open by November.
The Gilbert Town Council unanimously approved a contract Tuesday to spend up to $5.1 million for the design and construction of what will be the town’s sixth and seventh stations. The cost will be paid by impact fees collected from developers.
Councilman Dave Crozier headed a council subcommittee that last month concluded its study of fire service standards.
"This fits the hole that we have," Crozier said of the Warner Road station.
DeWitt said the station on Warner Road was slated to be built two years ago, but the town was delayed in securing the property. Today, the area is usually served by a station at Lindsay and Ray roads — more than four miles away from the planned station.
"That area has been pretty isolated for a long time," DeWitt said.
Gilbert is scheduled to open its eighth station in 2006 on Williams Field Road, between Greenfield and Higley Roads. The station will be near the future San Tan Freeway stretch of Loop 202 — scheduled to open in December 2006 — and a proposed mall site.
The Town Council voted last month to hire three firefighters, a move made after the council learned that a fire station was forced to temporarily close because of a staffing shortage.
Gilbert has 17 people in the fire academy — 13 for the new Warner Road station, the three hired last month to serve as rovers and one to fill another vacancy.