Orotina officially has a new fire station. The facility is near the fairgrounds on Ruta 27. It was dedicated over the weekend.
In addition to a garage for a fire engine, the station has living quarters, a dining area, meeting rooms and an electrical generator and a tank of water for emergencies. The tank holds 54,000 liters or about 14,000 gallons.
Four paid firemen will be stationed there assisted by 10 volunteers from the locality, Last year firemen in Orotina responded to 252 emergencies, said the Cuerpo de Bomberos. These included structure fires, traffic accidents, water emergencies and even bee swarms.
The Orotina station is the third to be put into service this year. There also are new stations at Acosta and Pital. Next year, firemen said construction is planned for new facilities at Coronado and El Roble. The Cuerpo de Bomberos now has 67 stations with 500 paid firemen and 800 volunteers.