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Good things are happening at Minot’s Fire Department.
Minot’s Fire Station 5 is on schedule to be completed and in service in late spring or early summer of 2023.
“We had a construction meeting, and the contractor said they should start setting trusses this week,” Battalion Chief Brent Weber said. “Then they’ll be able to put a roof on and have it mostly closed up before winter.”
Weber said the station is scheduled to be completed in May or June of 2023.
“Once we’re given the certificate of occupancy, we’ll move in immediately and have the station in service within a couple of days,” Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel said. “We’re preparing furniture, fixtures, and other things now so we’ll be ready for move-in day. It’ll be all hands on deck.”
The station, located at 2611 4th Avenue NW, will broaden the Fire Department’s umbrella of protection, and help improve response times for all five of the city’s stations.
The department’s newest engine is scheduled to be delivered to Minot soon.
The new engine will be housed at Fire Station 4. It replaces the department’s oldest engine that will be decommissioned and destroyed because of its old emission systems.
“The new engine should be delivered to us next week, and it will take three or four weeks for us to get it outfitted and into service,” Kronschnabel said.
Kronschnabel said the department will hold a traditional push-in ceremony to decommission the old engine and bring the new vehicle into service when it’s ready for duty. Push-in ceremonies are a tradition dating back to the 1800s when fire departments used hand-drawn pumpers and horse-drawn equipment. Upon returning to the station after a fire call, the horses could not easily back the equipment into the station. The firefighters worked as a team to push the engine back into the bay by hand.
The cost of the new engine was approximately $581,000, with funding from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust covering 50 percent of the cost.