The community is invited to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of two Surprise fire stations built in 2021 – Fire Station 304 in our northern area and Fire Station 308 in southeast Surprise!
The ceremony will be held:
Tuesday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m.
Fire Station 308, 13771 W. Cactus Rd., Surprise
The ceremony will include remarks from Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmembers Roland Winters and Chris Judd, Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott, and representatives from contractors Willmeng Construction and Perlman Architects. Following the remarks, there will be an official ribbon cutting and tours of Fire Station 308. Light refreshments will be served.
Both fire stations were constructed thanks to voter approval of the 2017 General Obligation Bond, which funded 10 projects in the areas of public safety, traffic congestion mitigation and pavement preservation.
Fire Station 304, located in the city’s northern area on 163rd Ave. near Happy Valley Rd., was fully completed in January of this year. It replaced a temporary, modular fire station to better serve a high growth area of Surprise that includes the City’s planning area.
Fire Station 308, on Cactus Rd. east of Litchfield Rd., went operational in September and is the first station located in our growing District 6 area. It houses an Engine Company and Hazardous Materials Response Team – an important component due to the station’s proximity to the city’s industrial district. The station is designed to provide training specific to responses to hazardous materials emergencies and also has room for a future ambulance.
As part of City Council’s commitment that one and one-third percent of the budget for capital projects be set aside for art, there are stunning art pieces at both stations. Fire Station 304 displays a 6-foot tall bronze firefighter statue with a mural wall behind depicting a firetruck within an Arizona landscape scene. At Fire Station 308, there are large staggered metal panels with the word “courage” cut out. The art piece pays tribute to the critical operations that occur at the station and the men and women who provide these services.
To learn more about the Surprise Fire-Medical Department and the services available to the community, please visit surpriseaz.gov/Fire.