Fire station 24 will take more than 13 months to build. Construction bids should be released in August, with work beginning in mid-October, said
The fire department hopes to be in the building by
"It has a more traditional, classical feel," Chambers said of the exterior design.
There are 23 fire stations in Fayette County. This is the first new station since 2007.
Rapid population growth on the city's west side created the need for another fire station. The closest fire station to
Some council members questioned during Tuesday's meeting why the
Chilton said it didn't. An additional 24 firefighters will be needed to staff that station. Their salaries will be part of the fire department's future budget requests. In addition, the fire station has requested a new emergency unit or ambulance unit and will need an additional 12 firefighters in the coming year to staff that unit.
"I am concerned about the total costs," Councilman
Chilton said she will return in April with an update on a 2015 consultant's report on locations of fire stations.
Instead of overhead doors, the planned station will have bi-fold bay doors, which are easier to maintain and more efficient, Chambers said. The preliminary designs call for living quarters on the top floor. The bottom floor will include areas to keep fire engines and ambulances, and rooms for mechanical and equipment storage. The kitchen will be on the first floor. The new station also will have an exercise room.
The city also is completing construction of a
The city recently received the top fire safety rating used by insurance companies to set insurance rates. That was due in part because of the money the city has spent updating the fire training center and adding fire stations to improve response times.
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