NEW PORT RICHEY — Under construction on Massachusetts Avenue, Pasco County Fire Rescue Station No. 30 will serve as the prototype for all future fire stations, officials said. Crews are busy laboring on the new building at 7951 Massachusetts Ave. that could be ready by June, according to Thomas Supeau, Pasco Fire Rescue administrative division manager. “This is the new prototypical design for all future fire stations to be built for Pasco County Fire Rescue,” Supeau wrote in an email reply to inquiries. The station will replace the metal Fire Station No. 29, on Massachusetts Avenue, to the west of the new location, which Pasco Fire Rescue inherited in May 2002 when it absorbed the Magnolia Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
Station No. 30 will features three bays, Supeau said. The structure will contain 8,110 square feet, county records show. The station sits on the north side of Massachusetts about 800 feet west of Osteen Road, according to the preliminary site plan. The facility can house up to nine firefighters. When the station opens, though, the county will assign five firefighters for each shift, three for the engine and two for the rescue unit, Supeau said. “We will have an engine, rescue, tanker and a brush truck assigned to this station,” Supeau added. The project got approval from Pasco’s Development Review Committee by late 2012. New Port Richey-based Coastal Design Consultants first submitted the plan to county officials on July 31, 2012. Final revisions were made by Oct. 24, 2012.