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Cedar Rapids gets $6.6 million in I-Jobs money for fire station

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is getting $6.6 million in I-Jobs money to help rebuild the Central Fire Station and a new west side fire station.

Greg Buelow, spokesperson for the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, says $5 million will be used to build an emergency operations center, storm shelter and community room within the new Central Fire Station.

The money will also provide additional space for the Department's Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, Special Operations and Fire and Life Safety teams within the Central Fire Station.

The I-Jobs grant supplements the $9 million FEMA is providing for the Central Fire Station construction, plus the cost of land acquisition.

The Cedar Rapids City Council is looking at three sites for the new Central Fire Station.  They are the Emerald Knights site on 1st Avenue, the location of Taco Bell on First Avenue and the Linn County History Museum on 1st Avenue.

The other $1.6 million of the I-Jobs funding will be used to build a west side fire station. Firefighters at station 3, at 1424 B Avenue NE, will be relocated to the new west side fire station.

Buelow says the relocation will help reduce response times by putting 2,151 additional residential and 61 commercial and exempt properties within the one and one-half mile of a fire station.

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