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Source: Kokomo Tribune

July 7, 2012

City of Kokomo awards $1.5M fire station contract

New station will be located on South Dixon Road

By SCOTT SMITH 
Tribune staff writer

— The city of Kokomo is set to move ahead on a $1.5 million new fire station, awarding a contract to a Fishers construction firm this week.

Myers Construction Inc. was the lowest of six companies submitting bids for the city’s new Fire Station 4.

Myers is the same company which built the city’s new Fire Station 2 on Center Road.

Plans for Fire Station 4, slated for a vacant lot on South Dixon Road, call for a two-bay structure which will be smaller than Fire Station 2, a building more in line with Fire Station 5 on West Sycamore Street, Goodnight said.

Both stations 2 and 4 are being built to protect the annexed areas added to the city on Jan. 1.

The city is scheduled to take over fire protection in the annexed areas at the beginning of 2013, although Fire Station 2 is already responding to calls in Indian Heights.

The city has also been adding fire hydrants in some of the annexed areas, and will be moving Fire Station 4’s equipment from the current station at Webster Street and Lincoln Road to the new station on South Dixon Road.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said it costs the city about $1 million a year to staff one fire engine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“By transferring the engine, our costs to provide fire protection does not go up, but we can still cover a larger geographic area,” Goodnight said. Likewise, the city is paying to have hydrants installed, rather than man a water tanker truck around the clock.

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• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via email at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.

 

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