The Coon Rapids Fire Department is preparing for a big project next year. That's when construction is expected to begin on a new Fire Station #3.
"The city did a study of all of its buildings and it was decided that the current Fire Station #3, which was built in 1972 with a remodel/addition in the mid-1990s, was in need of being replaced due to roof issues, window issues and mechanical issues," said Coon Rapids Fire Chief John Piper. "Basically the building was worn out."
Station #3 is currently located off Crooked Lake Boulevard and 113th Avenue. The new station will be constructed about a half-mile away off Mississippi Boulevard and 111th Avenue, which is the old Cook Ice Arena property.
"We looked at a couple different sites but that site has very good access to Coon Rapids Boulevard and the City owned the parcel and basically those two issues really made the decision for us," Piper said.
The new station will include a 32,000 square foot building with apparatus bays and administrative offices on the first floor, a training room and storage area on the second level, and a control room and hose tower on the third floor.
"When you see the station from the north, you'll see two bays separated from four additional bays," Piper said. "The two bays will be drive-thru bays for our frontline trucks, our rescue truck and our engine, and then the remaining four bays will be storage for our tactical support vehicle, our spare engine and a variety of other things."
One of the key features of the new facility will include training aids built right into the station including a hose tower that can be used for repelling exercises. Construction is expected to start next spring and be finished about a year later.
"Station #3 has been through its useful life so getting a building that's really a lot more functional and incorporates all the training stuff into the building, it's really an exciting time for us," Piper said.