Plans for the new fire station on Captiva were discussed at a community panel last week.
Fire Chief Rich Dickerson said the department has outgrown the older facility built in 1980 and that the new station will serve the community for the next 50 years.
"We're looking forward to the project," said Dickerson. "As we've grown there is no more office space or living space."
The Captiva Island Fire Control District, with a full-time staff of 11 professional firefighters and eight volunteers, has moved temporarily across the street from the South Seas Island Resort while construction is underway.
Dickerson said the new station offers more room for firefighters staying overnight, and an additional bay installed to house two fire trucks and a utility vehicle. The station also follows the newest design features required by the National Fire Protection Association.
Once completed it will serve as hurricane headquarters for fire personnel, police, and FEMA, during the hurricane season which lasts from June 1 until Nov. 30.
Todd Sweet, an architect from Sweet Sparkman Architects, displayed blue prints and an artist's rendering of the new station. Tentatively, construction will begin in November and it will be open for business in the the fall of 2014.
Even though the fire district is currently housed at a temporary location, services to the community will continue as normal. Dickerson said anyone with an emergency should dial 911 for assistance and make sure they have prepared their house for the upcoming storm season.