Construction on a brand new Fire Station No. 3 is officially underway.
Several city officials, with members of the Ardmore Fire Department, broke ground at 125 Veterans Boulevard, where the 6,600-square-foot station designed by Lumpkin and Associates will include three living quarters, two bays for fire trucks, three bays for brush trucks, a decontamination room, kitchen, workout space and an alternate dispatch room.
Fire Chief Cary Williamson said the new station will boost the fire department’s insurance service organization rating — which includes evaluations of public fire protection, flood risk and the adoption and enforcement of building codes in individual communities to ideally mitigate risk.
The building’s closer proximity to east Ardmore will boost the ISO rating more so than infrastructure alone, Williamson said.
“Our current Station No. 3 overlaps with Station No. 1,” Williamson said. “It pulls it out to the east more, which is where we need it to go. It will provide better coverage for the city.”
Station No. 3 is currently in the west end of the public works building, which is shared with the Department of Public Safety. The new station, slated for completion by spring 2018, will first house two firefighters, but Williamson hopes to expand and include more firefighters in the future.
Williamson said he is eager to move somewhere that is being built from the ground up specifically for firefighters.
“We wanted to build something that the taxpayers would be proud of,” Williamson said. “We think this will definitely fit that bill.”