Friday afternoon, Feb. 28, the City of Pasco formally turned over the first shovel towards building it's new state of the art fire station.

The new structure will be located near the corner of Road 76 and Sandifur Parkway, according to city officials.

"The new station will replace the current aging and undersized Station No. 83 located on Road 68 south of I-182.  The relocation places the new station centrally in its response area, reducing response times to the vast majority of residents and businesses within the area. Further, the new station will also help enhance fire and emergency medical response to a large portion of the Broadmoor area within the City Council’s adopted response time.  The current Station No. 83 will be repurposed for other City uses."

It's part of the City's overall Strategic Fire Plan, and future projects will include another newer structure at Court Street and Road 48.  That is station 84, and it was inherited from the County Fire District after property was annexed.