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ArlingtonStation upgrades aim to make firefighters' work environment better

Station upgrades aim to make firefighters’ work environment better

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Arlington County Board members on Feb. 12 are expected to approve a contract worth up to $1.37 million for upgrades and renovations to fix county fire stations.

The project is designed to make the facilities able to accommodate a fourth shift, and will include modifications to kitchens, lockers, bathrooms, laundry areas and workout areas. Fire Stations 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9 are involved.

Bennett Group’s bid was deemed the lowest responsible; another bidder came in lower but did not meet the requirement of having completed two previous fire-station projects.

The overall project budget is $3.24 million, and is designed to help the Arlington County government implement a “Kelly Day” schedule at fire stations.

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Named after 1930s mayor of Chicago, the Kelly Day schedule gives firefighters a day off in the middle of a rotation, to bring their total hours worked per year down.

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