The Pompano Beach Fire Rescue Department is closer to getting a new Station 24. Members of the department and city officials got together on the morning of July 24 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new project.

The work involves the demolition of the existing Fire Station 24 building and replacing it with a new and larger building. The entire project will cost $4.9 million. Work is expected to begin in late August and will be complete by the end of 2018. During construction, the station personnel will be housed in two trailers on the site.

Assistant Fire Chief Michael Hohl said the existing station, which was built in 1969 needed to be replaced. The building is outdated and renovation work has been done on it. The new station will have 13,400 square feet, two stories and four apparatus bays that will each be 80 feet long. It will be LEED certified and will be a more efficient fire station. It will be able to withstand a category five hurricane. There are seven fire fighters who work out of Station 24. The station receives about 5,000 calls a year. There are three vehicles that operate from the station including an engine, fire rescue vehicle and a battalion chief vehicle.