Roseburg firefighters are moving out of stations 2 and 3 for the summer while seismic upgrades are done on the buildings.

On Wednesday morning, firefighters from Station 3 loaded up chairs, bedding and kitchen supplies into a moving truck.

While work continues on the upgrades, Station 3 will be located at the Campbell Center on Northwest Valley View Drive, thanks to the Wellspring Bible Fellowship.

In July, Station 2 is moving to the caretaker’s facility in Stewart Park near the train engine.

Roseburg Fire Chief Gregg Timm said the upgrades were needed, because structural engineers concurred that the buildings wouldn’t withstand a large-scale earthquake.

“In times of crisis it’s vital that we have our infrastructure in place to provide assistance to everyone,” Timm said.

After the buildings are renovated, they will be able to serve as emergency operations centers during a disaster.

In addition to the seismic upgrades, the stations will be getting unisex bathrooms that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The contract for the work was awarded to Vitus Construction Inc. on Jan. 8 and the buildings are expected to be complete by late summer or early fall.

Construction for Station 3 will cost $907,840. Public Works Director Nicole Messenger said the price for Station 2 is set to go to city council on July 9.

The move wasn’t initially planned, but after the first week of construction all the parties decided it would be easier to move the firefighters out of the buildings while work was ongoing, according to Timm.

Timm said response times will fluctuate slightly, but the department tried to keep the stations nearby to minimize the impacts.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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