Central Emergency Services is looking to East Redoubt Avenue in Soldotna for its new Station 1 site. The service area, which provides emergency medical and firefighting services to the central peninsula outside the city of Kenai, has been working on plans to move its primary station away from its current location on Binkley Street for several years. The site selection committee, which includes representatives from the borough, CES and the city of Soldotna, has recently chosen a parcel on East Redoubt Avenue near Fred Meyer as the best option.
Station 1 handles nearly 3,000 medical and fire calls per year — that’s about 8 per day — and serves as the central administration location for the service area, among other functions. The current building was built in 1957, before either the borough or the city of Soldotna existed, and is past its useful life, said CES Chief Roy Browning.