Renovations make La Vista fire station for new role

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 am

Renovations have been made to convert one of La Vista's two fire stations into a 24-hour station.

The station at 81st Street and Park View Boulevard underwent $30,000 worth of upgrades, said Police Chief Bob Lausten.

The building was originally built for the volunteer department. Sleeping quarters and residential quarters had to be added to make it conducive to a 24-hour station.

A conference room was converted into a small kitchen and offices were converted into bedrooms, Lausten said.

This station will be staffed by four members of the department 24 hours a day.

In addition to the station on 81st Street and Park View Boulevard, La Vista also has a station near 108th Street and Chandler Road.

The station on Chandler Road will become the headquarters for the Papillion Fire Department, Lausten said.

“It works perfectly for the functions the Papillion Fire Department needs to do with it,” he said. “That building didn't need work. It was set up for further growth.”

The two La Vista stations have also been renamed from District 1 and District 2 to Station 1 and Station 4.

The transition and renovations have gone smoothly, Lausten said.

“Everybody, our people here in La Vista, have been working their butts off to make what we need to do here acceptable for our Papillion friends coming in,” he said. “It's been a lot of work, but it's something that's going to benefit the community down the road.”

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