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New Fire Station Coming to Tumalo 

Fire district gets into the affordable housing movement

click to enlarge Deschutes County Rural Fire Department's No.2 building will soon be coming down to make room for a state-of-the-art facility.
  • Deschutes County Rural Fire Department's No.2 building will soon be coming down to make room for a state-of-the-art facility.
Students who attend Tumalo School won't have to look at the old, boxy, 1970s-era fire station during recess much longer. Soon, they'll have a state-of-the-art building to gaze at as they play tag, soccer, or just pick grass in the school field adjacent to the Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District No. 2 building on 4th and Bruce.

In addition to the new firehouse, the District got in on the affordable housing movement when District Manager Tom Fay sold a house on the property to an area family. Fay said the house will be moved a block down the street sometime in February or March. The move is a quadruple win for the recipient family, which got a good deal for a house; the District, which avoids the cost of razing the house and is able to help the community; the community, able to provide some affordable housing; and the environment, as an entire house—think water and sewer lines, roofing shingles, drywall, flooring... you get the picture—doesn't end up in the landfill.

The DCRFPD No. 2 was established in 1952 to provide fire prevention, protection, and suppression services to residents living outside municipalities and other areas in Deschutes County not already served by established fire protection districts. In 1991, the charter of services was expanded to include emergency medical services. District No. 2 consists of approximately 220 square miles of suburban and forested land surrounding Bend and represents about 20,000 people.


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