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Fire Station No. 6 Gets A New Home
November 10, 1994

The Orange City Fire Station No. 6 moved into its fourth and final home recently after 25 years of temporary sites.

"It's a rewarding feeling after all the hard work and we're very proud of the way it came out construction-wise and in function ability," said Chief David Rudat.

The recent move of the station was from an old remodeled home at 206 N. Manchester Dr. that the station occupied for 10 years.

"It was uncomfortable, cramped and we were always having to do plumbing repairs and miscellaneous work because the structure was so old," Rudat said. It was also in constant need of termite treatment. It often interrupted our work."

To celebrate the relocation to 345 City Drive South, Station No. 6 held a dedication ceremony last Thursday.

the ribbon cutting was conducted by members of the City Council, City Manager David Dixon and County Supervisor Bill Steiner. Also present were staff members, department heads and police officers from many surrounding cities and Dan Rowland and his staff, which did the architectural work for the new building.

the station opened in 1969 in a vacant modular office, similar to mobile homes, at 3800 W. Chapman Ave. It stayed at the old Bank of America building for 11 years until the site was lost to the construction of a TRW highrise building.

The station them moved to Fire Station No. 5 at Maple Avenue and Main Street, where it resided for four years until the next move to Manchester.

The funds for the $1.2 million project was provided by the city of Orange, and the county provided the land and contributed money to the design and supervision of the structure.

The new building supports essential building standards, which include earthquake protection and backup generators to run emergency power for radios and basic electronic systems. It is capable of housing two engine companies, which carries the hose and water, and one truck company, which is equipped with rescue equipment and ladders fro special rescue missions and fire fighting. The building can also house 12 male and female firefighters.