— Kokomo firefighters have moved into the new
Fire Station 4 on South Dixon Road, completing the realignment of
the city’s fire coverage districts to fit the city’s newly expanded
The new station sits just over 2 miles to the southwest of the old
Station 4 and is manned at all hours by a rotating staff of three or
Engine 4 and the department’s reserve ladder truck are housed at the
station, Kokomo Fire Chief Pat O’Neill said Wednesday.
“It’s a modern building, and it’s beautiful architecture. We’re very
happy to have it,” O’Neill said.
The new station will provide the first engine to an area roughly
bounded by Malfalfa Road on the west, Ind. 26 to the south, Webster
Street/Park Road to the east and Defenbaugh Street to the north,
with the exception of the Brookshire subdivision and farmland in the
southwest corner of the area.
The city has closed and transferred ownership of the former Fire
Station 4, at the corner of Webster Street and Lincoln Road, and
Kokomo developer Scott Pitcher is seeking to have the old building
rezoned as a commercial property.
City officials deeded the property over to one of Pitcher’s limited
liability corporations in return for a piece of property Pitcher
owned on the northwest corner of Sycamore and Market streets
downtown, city attorney Lawrence McCormack said Wednesday.
The city’s plan is to demolish the Sycamore/Market property and use
the land for a new downtown YMCA facility, McCormack said.
O’Neill said the department completed the move-in and moved out of
the old station, which was built in 1955, on Monday. The ladder
truck from Fire Station 6 at U.S. 31 and Boulevard was also moved.
This makes the second new station finished in the past year for the
KFD, including the new Fire Station 2 on Center Road.
Both stations have allowed the city to expand fire coverage areas to
include about 12 square miles of newly annexed territory, and extend
city protection to another 11,500 residents.
O’Neill said the department’s average response time is 4 minutes for
the city, although response times will vary from place to place.
“Our response times are better now than they’ve ever been, thanks to
Station 2,” O’Neill said.
Like Station 2, the new Station 4 has a circular drive, so trucks
don’t have to back into the bays.
Inside the new 4, firefighters have a training room, an upstairs
exercise area, an equipment room where they store their gear, a tool
room, a dormitory for sleeping and a combined kitchen/lounge area.
The vaulted ceiling rises about 20 feet over the floor of the truck
bays, and is a covered metal structure.
Myers Construction Inc., Fishers, was the lowest of six bidders on
the project, at $1.51 million. The city has spent just over $1.3
million to date on the building, city controller Randy Morris said