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Demolition begins on Free Hill Road fire station

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The 42-year-old Fire Station 2 on Free Hill Road was the second fire station built in Hendersonville. SUBMITTED

A fire station that served the city for 42 years was brought to the ground Tuesday as demolition crews reduced Station 2 on Free Hill Road to a pile of rubble.

The 8,100-square-foot building that houses the Hendersonville Fire Department's administrative offices and three around-the-clock firefighters was deemed structurally unsafe in late 2016.

Since then firefighters and Engine 2 have moved to the city's public works facility behind the station so that response times in the area aren't compromised, according to Fire Chief Scotty Bush. The department's 10 administrative staff, including Bush, have moved to a temporary office at 313 East Main Street, Suite 1.

City leaders decided in March to tear the current fire station down and build a new one. They voted in July to include up to $2.4 million for the construction of a new facility in a $5.7 million bond item. The new 12,000-square-foot building will include administrative offices, a fire station and space to conduct meetings and training for the city's police and fire departments.

Public Works Director Chip Moore has issued a request for qualifications for the project's design and build with an August 24 deadline. Once the bids are in the city will narrow down the submission to two or three candidates to interview, according to Bush. He said he hopes to have the new fire station operational within the next 18 to 24 months.

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