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Osceola County opens new $6 million fire station in BVL

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm

A new $6 million fire station that opened in Buenaventura Lakes on Wednesday improves public safety for residents and also honors the history of the 65th Infantry Regiment.

Members of the storied 65th, known as the Borinqueneers, were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2014. The medal is one of the nation’s highest honors and is awarded to those “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture,” according to a Osceola County press release.

The 65th Infantry Regiment was a segregated unit of the U.S. Army, composed mainly of soldiers from the island of Puerto Rico that distinguished itself in World War I, World War II and Korea.

“This $6 million station is a sign of our commitment to the community – and the members of the 65th Infantry Regiment,” said Viviana Janer, county commissioner for district 2 where the station is located. “To build this station, we utilized a small, unused part of the existing 65th Infantry Regiment Park, so it seems right to dedicate the station to them.”

The four-bay station will improve response time and is the second completed with the county’s cost-saving prototype design. In addition, the county made improvements to the existing park including: an improved parking lot, two pavilions, a restroom, an event stage and a flag court area. This all adds to the usability of the park – and because of the caretaker effect of having the station next to the park – it should be safer, and less prone to vandalism, county officials said.