GI Fire Department's new station is almost done
Grand Island Fire Department's station four is relocating from State Street to a new building on North Road. They broke ground this past winter and within a short amount of time, is almost done.
The building is expected to be completed by the third or fourth week in July, 2020. They still need to do landscaping, tile work, set doors, put cabinets on the kitchen, among other projects.
The new building will be far better than the one they are currently using. It will be bigger, have sprinklers inside, more restrooms, and a few more features built in. Also making this move means the fire department can respond to more emergencies faster.
Fire Chief Cory Schmidt at Grand Island Fire said, "We actually pick up 350 more addresses that will fall under the four minute drive time for us. We're able to cover more addresses quicker by simply moving."
More than two years ago they agreed to move to allow Menards the opportunity to expand. In doing so, the home improvement store is covering the majority of the cost to build the new station. Even though most of the project is funded, the city wanted to add more features to make the building top of the line. It's costing the city roughly an additional 125,000 to 150,000 dollars to do it. Since Menards is covering most of the cost, few taxpaying dollars will be used.
"It's a different sort of public project where its being funded by an private organization. Tax dollars are very minimal and we feel we are getting a nice modern building," said Fire Chief Schmidt.
Stations are second homes to firefighters. It's where they spend a majority of their time each day. The fire department, if all goes well, is excited to move in next month.
"They'll be more comfortable here (new station). Along with comfort, the real benefit is we're going to be better suited to serve Grand Island citizens. So, I'm very happy. It's been a long time and a whole lot of work," said Schmidt.