The Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services’ administrative branch has officially moved from Fire Station 1 in Susupe to Capital Hill following the completion of two of the department’s four newly renovated offices.
The four new offices, made possible through the Administrative Planning of Infrastructure Development, will be uses for the Division of Fire Prevention and Arson Investigation, the Office of Emergency Medical Services, Records and Data, the Administrative Office, and the DFEMS’ Command Center.
Two of the four new buildings are already being used for the DFPAI and the Office of the Commissioner while finishing touches are being done on the last two buildings.
According to DFEMS spokesperson Rob Mojica, the new buildings will lay the foundation for future growth, and contribute to the efficiency, effectivity, and ability of DFEMS in keeping the people of the Commonwealth safe.
“DFEMS was operating all its administrative function out of Station 1 Susupe with approximately 40 personnel. However, during the administrative planning of infrastructure development, Gov. Ralph [DLG] Torres and [DFEMS] Commissioner Dennis Mendiola wanted to separate the administrative function from emergency service to allow a better ‘quality of life’ for firefighters in the fire house. Ultimately, this will allow the fire stations to be strictly a fire house and prevent any impediment of its vital services,” he said.
DFEMS will soon move into its next phase and start renovating its fire stations.