Siloam Springs Buys Property for New Fire Station
The Siloam Springs Board of Directors approved the $205,000 property purchase at 1511 South Point Street for its new fire station. It will replace Fire Station Number 3 sometime in 2014.
The property, which was in foreclosure, was sold for less than half the original price of $450,000, according to the city.
“It really looks like a fire station already,” said Fire Chief Greg Neely. “We just need to make some improvements, get some code compliance and some amenities so folks can live there.”
The city hopes to replace fire stations number 2 and 3 because they pose challenges for the firefighters living there. However, they will first relocate fire station 3.
Capt. David Burns has lived on and off for years at Fire Station 3. Burns said the main issue with the old station is ventilation. He said the living quarters would get filled with exhaust fumes since firefighters sleep near the trucks.
“The air quality was extremely poor and causing problems,” Burns said. “Long-term that’s a major concern in the fire service because it’s proven we have a higher risk of cancer and we are trying to reduce those threats,” Burns said.
The facility, which still has the Champion Power Equipment sign, is nearly 7,000 square feet.
According to the city, the building location has several advantages.
It places the fire department and it’s swift water equipment closer to the new Kayak Park, according to a memorandum sent to the Board of Directors from David Cameron.
Cameron also states, it speeds up the process to make the city’s first online station.
Fire Chief Greg Neely said it helps their response time by not overlapping it’s services.
“We were able to actually strengthen our grid system by pulling this station a little bit south, which gives more people the benefit of that four minute response time,” Neely said.
The closing date on the buyer’s contract is Dec. 27.
The new fire station will be paid for by the one-cent sales tax voters approved to redirect back in September. Click here for more information.