School zone, response times considered in picking site for new fire station

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The construction of a new fire station is in the works, replacing a nearby building. If the plan passes all approvals, Fire Station 14 would move from 3400 Reed Road, south to the intersection of Reed and State Blvd.

According to Fort Wayne Fire Chief Eric Lahey, the location was picked for several reasons, including a bigger lot to give firefighters more space to spread out in the building. Logistically, the location allows trucks to pull in easier and is away from schools, that neighbor the current station.

“The biggest benefit for us is getting it out of the school zone,” Lahey told WANE 15. Our firefighters operate safely, but when kids are walking to and from school, and we get and emergency run, being able to remove ourselves from that school zone as much as possible during those initial stages of an emergency run is beneficial.”

The site of the future Fire Station 14, at the southeast corner of East State Boulevard and Reed Road, is shown.

The new location also has access to two busy roads.

“When we were looking at sites was can we actually improve response times to some of our areas of responsibility, and the new location gives us great access to major thoroughfares in that area,” Lahey added. You’re talking State and Reed immediately and then up to Coliseum. It’s really, in our minds almost a better location than where we’re at now.”

The cost of the project would be about $2.3 million paid for by department funds set aside for building repairs and new construction.

Construction could start in the fall, with service beginning in 2022. Approvals will be needed from the Fort Wayne Plan Commission and the Board of Public Works.

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