Orange County

Orange County Fire Rescue’s budget includes 4 new fire stations, training facility

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Many people who move into the Horizons West area come for more space and less congestion.

But the move also means their nearest fire station is not as close as they’d like.

Orange County Fire Rescue is working to keep up with the growth. In next year’s proposed budget, it’s asking the county to fund four new fire stations and a fire-training facility.

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Fire Rescue plans to break ground on the first of two going up in Horizon West later this year at Summer Lake Park and Reams Road. It will replace a temporary station on the site.

The second station will be at Avalon Road and Lake Ingram. Its estimated groundbreaking is in April 2023.

A third new fire station is planned for east Orange County, on North Bonneville Road. A fourth one will be be built in the Four Corners area at Avalon Road and Hartzog Road.

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People living in each area will see shorter response times when the stations are finally built.

“Seeing all of these things come into place for them, they will sleep better at night,” Commissioner Nicole Wilson said. “And I will too, knowing that that’s part of my job to make sure that’s coming.”

With the approval of the budget, they’ll also be able to build a new 37-acre fire-training facility in east Orange County.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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