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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 8:54 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2008

Groundbreaking Friday for new Ocean Pointe fire station

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

New Ocean Pointe facility at Keone'ula Boulevard and Kaileolea Drive will replace the ‘Ewa Beach Fire Station.

Courtesy Honolulu Fire Department

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Groundbreaking for the Honolulu Fire Department's new Ocean Pointe station in 'Ewa Beach will be held Friday at 10 a.m.

Haseko Inc., the Ocean Pointe community developer, donated a one-acre lot at the corner of Keone'ula Boulevard and Kaileolea Drive for the new fire station. Two personal watercrafts equipped with rescue sleds and trailers donated by Haseko will be blessed the same day.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Fire Chief Kenneth G. Silva and City Councilman Todd Apo and Haseko representatives will be participating in the ceremony.

The 10,000-square-foot Ocean Pointe Fire Station will have two apparatus bays. It will house one engine company and a personal watercraft and allow for operational flexibility in meeting the HFD's current and future needs, said Silva. The two-story fire station will have an environmentally sensitive and gender-neutral design and serve as the standard for future HFD fire stations, Silva added.

The city has budgeted $6.5 million for the design and construction of the new station, which will replace the existing 'Ewa Beach Fire Station on Pohakupuna Road, which was built in 1954.

Construction is expected to take about two years to complete, fire officials said.