Following months of construction, Eagle Mountain residents will soon be able to tour one of the two newly constructed fire stations in the community.
The Unified Fire Authority (UFA) will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony next week for two fire stations that were completed over the summer.
Station 253 is located on Mid Valley Rd. near Frontier Middle School in City Center. The second station is a relocation of Station 251 (currently situated near Eagle Mountain City Hall) to a more contemporary facility just south of Eagle Mountain Blvd. along Pony Express Pkwy.
According to UFA Battalion Chief Embret Fossum, the two new stations were constructed in response to Eagle Mountain’s population change and subsequent increase in demand for emergency services.
“Anytime that we grow like we are in the community, we need to get more personnel and apparatus in place for both the fire suppression as well as [emergency medical services],” says Fossum. “This will allow us to better respond to the needs of the citizens.”
Each station’s location was strategically selected to account for current and projected population, call volumes and future developments — ensuring efficient and timely emergency responses.
“We work through a programming software that helps us to identify future growth, and we worked with the [Eagle Mountain City] planning commission,” says Fossum. “It helped identify what that was going to look like both now and then in 10, 15, 25 years…for the best location for 911 response across the board.”
Station 253 is initially equipped to accommodate an ambulance and is designed with future growth in mind. The revamped Station 251 now boasts contemporary amenities and ample space to house additional personnel.
“Within the next couple of years, the way the growth is projected, we’re anticipating an additional four to six [firefighters] down here [in Eagle Mountain],” Fossum says.
Residents are invited to join the UFA in celebrating the completion of the new stations at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m. Residents are also invited to sit down with UFA firefighters for a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8-11 a.m.
“It gives [residents] a chance to come and see where we spend a third or more of our lives,” says Fossum. “It allows them to come get free breakfast and talk with firefighters and ask questions if they want to.”
Both the grand opening and the pancake breakfast will take place at Station 253, located at 1210 Mid Valley Rd.
Following the grand opening, the UFA will have three operating fire stations in Eagle Mountain: Station 251 (3726 N Pony Express Pkwy), Station 252 (3785 Pony Express Pkwy) and Station 253 (1210 Mid Valley Rd).