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Joplin Fire Station Destroyed By Tornado, Finally Gets New Home

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It may be icy out there, but it isn't stopping Joplin's Fire Station Number Four from moving into it's new $1.5 million dollar building after two and a half years in temporary housing. 

All of Joplin's Fire Stations are finally back in fully functioning buildings two and a half years after the tornado. Now I talked to the Department in this building who say they are so thankful to be out of temporary trailers and into a permanent home. 

This is what was left of Joplin's Fire Station Number Two and Number Four after the May 2011 tornado. Since then Firefighters have been living, and working out of temporary trailers; like this one on 15th Street.
 
"We actually have to leave the house to go into the engine bay and it's just been something to get used to," said Joplin Fire Department Engineer John McDaniel. 

That is until now. 

"We miss them, we wish we could have our old stations back, but moving into the new ones we'll start a new history with the stations," said McDaniel said.

And that new history means a new location for station Number Four. After being destroyed on 15th Street, the Department decided to move the building to Hearnes Blvd to even out response times to under four minutes for Joplin Residents. 

"The new building that's going on down here because of the hospital relocation and just the revitalization of the city, this was a very good choice for relocating the Fire Station," said Joplin's Fire Chief, Mitch Randles. 

The station has heated flooring, new gym equipment, and a new fire truck, to replace the one lost in the tornado. But that doesn't mean all of station Number Four is new. The Department brought in this fire pole, used by Joplin Firefighters back in 1913. 

"We actually took the ladder down there to install that pole and it's from an old station that used to be in Joplin, and it's really neat to have history back inside the fire station," said Daniel.
 
And the Chief says the outside of the building is even modeled to look like a turn of the century station to match the pole. 

"1913 on the exterior and 2013 on the interior, so when you look at the building it looks like a much older building, and I think it's very attractive," Randles said.
 
Bringing the history of the Department and the history of the station full circle. The Second Fire Station moved into it's new building last week, and according to the Chief, this is the best Christmas present he could have asked for.

And the Department tells us the building was energy efficiency in time to save on energy bills, which ultimately saves the tax payers money too. 

To visit the Joplin Fire Department's website, click here. 

 

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