A $1.7 million Rural/Metro Fire Department station has opened in Sahuarita.

Fire Station 79 is about 9,000 square feet and houses nine firefighters and paramedics at 765 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita, said Capt. Grant Cesarek, a department spokesman.

The new station can house up to five fire engines, and the building follows the design of the town center, Cesarek said.

The station was built within feet of the temporary station, and the project was completed without disruption of emergency services, Cesarek said.

The station includes a large kitchen, dining-room area and dorm-style bedrooms with small desks and lockers for clothing.

Sahuarita residents are invited to stop at the station for a tour anytime, Cesarek said.

A second station, Fire Station 82, is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014 in the northern part of Rancho Sahuarita. It will be located south of Pima Mine Road, Cesarek said.

It will be 7,200 square feet and similar in style to Fire Station 79. It is expected to house four fire engines, Cesarek said.