Written by David Castellon
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency has approved a loan of more than $1.3 million to fund construction of a new fire station in the city of Fowler.
That money is coming from the federal agency’s Community Facilities Direct Loans and Guaranteed Loan Program, which provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee earmarked $2.94 billion for the program in fiscal year 2017.
“Protecting the services and programs rural Central Valley residents rely on is one of my top priorities in Congress,” Rep. David Valadao, a member of the committee, said in a press release. “This funding will ensure the City of Fowler has access to the fire safety services they need.”
It goes on to say that the city’s current fire station, built in the 1940s, no longer fulfills the needs of Fowler’s 5,600 residents.
The new fire station will include five truck bays and 3,000 square feet of administrative and storage space, as well as room for vehicle maintenance and training. “Furthermore, plans for the new station feature modern technology, including centralized radio equipment and computer equipment,” Valadao’s statement continues.