AURORA, Colo. -- Unless you were looking for it, you most likely would never notice it.
But there it is, nestled in the east Aurora neighborhood of Murphy Creek, Aurora Fire Station No. 15.
The station is actually in a retrofitted residential house. It was built as a temporary solution for a long-term reality facing Aurora: Growth.
Aurora is on a growth path, with businesses and residential popping up like wildflowers on the prairie.
But flowers aren’t the only thing popping up on the prairie. So is the Aurora Fire Department’s new, state-of-the-art fire station No. 15.
Among the plethora of modern amenities the station will possess, there is one feature that is a throwback to fire houses over 100 years ago: A real and functioning fire pole.
Studies have shown fire poles are safer to use than stairs for firefighters hurrying to respond to a call.
The new station will cost around $7 million and will open in May.