SIOUX CENTER—Though Sioux Center Fire Station No. 2 won’t be complete until next summer, the fire department hopes to begin responding from it in January.
Sioux Center fire chief Dave Van Holland told the Sioux Center City Council at its Wednesday, Dec. 16, meeting that the building will have walls, heat, water and electricity and working doors for the fire department to begin utilizing the space.
“We’d like to get some trucks out of Station 1; that will just give us a little more breathing room because it’s very tight right now,” he said.
The previous Station No. 2 at 1510 S. Main Ave. consisted of two separate buildings with three overhead doors that were not built with the size of today’s fire trucks in mind. It also lacked storage space for the department’s fire gear.
Construction of the estimated $1.3 million new Station No. 2 involves building a 7,200-square-foot structure featuring a monoslope design with 24-foot height at the front of the building and 17 feet toward the back.
The design includes four bays with mostly glass doors as well as a show room on the southwest corner to house a museum of fire department pieces including the REO speed wagon — one of Sioux Center’s original fire trucks that members of the fire department restored.
The museum portion of the facility is a goal of the Sioux Center Fire Association, which is made up of retired Sioux Center firefighters.
A combination of debt service levy funds, emergency service levy funds and cash reserves are being used to pay for the project.
“The project looks rather sharp; like other construction things, we’ve had wonderful weather for doing projects and making progress,” Van Holland said.
The building update was part of the Sioux Center Fire Department’s 2020 report to the city council.
The department had 41 volunteer members who have a total of 504 years of active service, 2,791 training hours and 1,903 call hours.
The department responded to 116 calls for service that included 26 motor vehicle collisions, 20 grass/field fires, 14 building fires, 17 smoke alarms and 11 hazmat.
“That grass fire number is certainly up but what’s interesting, too, is that of that 20, 17 of those grass fires happened within 14 days this fall and they all were west of Highway 75,” Van Holland said.
The average paged-to-en-route time for the department was 3 minutes, 20 seconds. The average paged-to-on-scene time was 7 minutes, 20 seconds.
“Having an all volunteer fire department for a community this size is a tremendous benefit to the community,” Krahling said. “I once again would like to say thank you to the fire department and its volunteers for doing what they do to serve our community.”