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Joplin firefighters celebrate completion of permanent stations following 2011 disaster

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 23, 2014 BY THE CITY OF JOPLIN

Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean, City officials, and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles and Joplin firefighters in a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the two new fire stations in Joplin. Stations #2 and #4 were recently completed after they were destroyed in the 2011 tornado.

Both stations were razed as a result of the damage sustained in the disaster and temporary facilities were erected in their place until construction of the replacement stations was completed. After an extensive review of the Fire Department’s coverage area and growth of the City, the Joplin City Council approved two new locations to rebuild these stations. These new locations afford the opportunity for the department to provide better coverage, and help to meet the four-minute response time goals for the entire city. The Joplin Fire Department currently provides emergency services to the community’s 45 square miles from the six fire stations.

Station #2, 2825 West Junge Boulevard (northeast corner of 13th & Schifferdecker),was budgeted for $1.63 million in construction costs and was completed for $1.618 million, saving $12,000; and Station #4 had a construction budget of $1.56 million and finished at $1.565. Rebuilding of the stations was funded by insurance proceeds, FEMA and SEMA, as well as City funds. RE Smith was the contractor for both stations which were originally scheduled for completion in early 2014.

Fire Station #2 has a similar design as Station #6 located at Central City and 32ndStreet. With 7,200 square feet, it has two double depth drive-thru bays. It accommodates five firefighters and offers an exercise room and a decontamination room, in addition to normal living areas and a safe room.

Fire Station #4, 3402 Hearnes Boulevard, is a two-story design, with a more historic style of red brick and arched windows. Randles said it is similar to a former fire station located at 19th and Wall Avenue. With two levels, the living quarters are on the upper level with a fire pole installed for quick access to the first floor that houses the fire gear and apparatus. The Department received the original brass firefighter’s pole from the former Station #2 on Wall Avenue earlier this year when the Lions Club, the building’s current tenant, donated it back to the Department. The 6,500 square foot building also has a staircase and elevator. It has two fire truck bays, sleeping quarters for five firefighters and a safe room.

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