Eppley firefighters welcome station renovation

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 am

Firefighters at Eppley Airfield are welcoming plans to update their fire station this summer.

The updates will focus most on the station’s living quarters, and will include improvements to the facility’s showers and kitchen, along with carpet and ceiling tile replacement, Eppley architect Don Engstrom said.

“Updates are needed. They live in these facilities 24 hours a day,” he said.

The project will also add individual work centers for the firefighters to perform administrative duties. The current setup has one long captain’s desk.

“It’s better for productivity,” Engstrom said.

Engstrom said the final portion of the remodel will include an update to the information technology of the station, allowing the firemen to access the airport’s wireless network.

The improvements will cost about $148,000, Engstrom said, which will come from the airport’s capital improvement budget.

“This is a pretty small project from airport authority standpoint,” he said.

The station hasn’t been updated in more than 10 years. Twenty firefighters work at the Eppley Fire Rescue Department, Chief Mark Lawler said, and it’s structured like most city fire departments with three shifts.

Construction on the project will begin in about a month and finish by the end of this summer, Engstrom said.

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