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New fire station aims to better serve Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department showed off the newest fire station on the northwest side.

Fire Station 3 actually opened in December, but the CRFD dedicated the building Saturday.

Fire officials say the 8,120 square-foot facility comes after a population growth on the west side over the last 15 years, so the new fire station became a priority.

"This station serves an area that's one of the highest concentrations of run volume in the city," said fire chief Mark English.

He says nearly 20% of all incidents in the city have originated in the west side district.

English says it'll provide additional coverage, support for future growth, and help response times.

The uncoupling of a fire hose and dedication took place during the opening ceremony where city leaders and citizens took part.

DeAnn Schriner has been living in the city's west side for 41 years and said she's glad to have protection close by.

"I think it fits in with the neighborhood well and it's just comforting to know that there is help so close by," said Schriner.

There will be 3-4 firefighters at the station daily and one fire engine.

The department might look at the possibly of adding a ladder truck in the future.

"The way fire stations are designed today, they're all designed around getting out the door that much quicker," said firefighter Brooks Burkhart. "So that helps us get out and get to an emergency scene quicker."

The new fire station includes an exercise room, four firefighter dormitories, a kitchen among other amenities.

Currently, 12.5% of Cedar Rapids' population is within 1.5 miles of a fire station.

"Having a new facility is great because you have a lot more room to train, easier to get fire trucks in and out and get them out in a hurry," said Burkhart.

The new fire station cost $2.8 million.

It was paid for with a combination of $1.6 million of state funding and $1.2 million from the city.

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