This new station can now train firefighters more efficiently and give Bismarck residents quicker response times.
Fire Chief, Joe Boespflug says that without this new fire station they would not have been able to maintain their emergency standards with the increasing community growth Bismarck has seen. The fire station was put strategically in its new location because of the growth in North East Bismarck. Replacing the former Sleepy Hollow station, the new site allows firefighters to be closer to some of the newly developed areas of town. Deputy Chief Dave Meyer says the goal is to get to 90 percent of calls in four and a half minutes or less, and this spot puts them on better ground to do so.
- Spaces include three apparatus bays, apparatus equipment and support spaces, training room, physical fitness room, four sleeping quarters, kitchen, dining room, and lounge
- New, four-story training tower is designed local firefighters to practice rope training, rappelling, rescue in confined spaces, search and rescue and ladder training
- Training tower features four burn rooms, balconies and smoke devices to simulate home, office, apartment, commercial, and industrial fires
- Each burn room designed to have a live fire in a controlled, safe environment
- Design of five-acre site also includes a physical fitness running trail
- Biggest enhancement is their new educational classrooms that allow firefighters to learn about all types of emergencies
- Firefighters and captain using this station had a special hand in helping design the building
“These are the people that work here, operate out of here, so this station is very well designed by that team,” Fire Chief Boespflug said.