City leaders in St. Charles break ground on new fire station

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Officials broke ground at St. Charles Fire Department Station #3 Monday.

The building has stood at 2817 Elm Street in St. Charles since 1963. It had some major structural problems. The current building will be demolished and a new building erected in its place.

“It’s been a long, long, long time coming,” Fire Chief George Sheets said. “This station has been renovated many times. Thanks to the council, the mayor and the administrative director, we can now demolish the station and rebuild a new two-base station.

The new facility near Jaycee Park will cost $4.3 million. Kelly Hunsel, a spokeswoman for the St. Charles Fire Department, said it won’t cost taxpayers money because voters approved Proposition R in 2021. It is a bond that supports upgrades and repairs of the city’s police and fire departments.

“The issuance of this bond will give us the opportunity to actually demolish the current station and build it on the exact same spot. This is wonderful because our stations are strategically placed throughout the city to provide all of our citizens with a four-minute response time,” said Hunsel. “So this is a wonderful place, but we will now be able to have state-of-the-art facilities to improve our service.”

The current building had flooding problems and electrical hazards that would require extensive repairs. That’s why city leaders say they need this new building. More space is needed for fire engines and equipment. Security is also a concern.

“When this station was built, fire engines looked very different than they do today,” says Hunsel. “We’ve learned so much about the chemicals we encounter as firefighters. By replacing the station, we have more space for equipment. It will be much safer for our crews. We will be able to evacuate some of these chemicals that we bring back to the station in our gear and in our gear so it’s safer and a much better service.

The new fire station is scheduled for completion in autumn 2023.

Firefighters who were stationed in this building now operate out of the City of St. Charles, No. 1 Fire Station at N. 6th Street. Your response times will not be impacted by this project, according to the St. Charles Fire Department.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/city-leaders-in-st-charles-break-ground-on-a-new-fire-station/ City leaders in St. Charles break ground on new fire station

Sarah Y. Kim

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