The public is invited to the Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Fire Department’s new Central Fire Station at 713 1st Avenue SE next Wednesday, June 13th. The Ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. which coincides with the four-year anniversary of the date and time that the Cedar River flood waters peaked at 31.12 feet during the historic Flood of 2008.
Construction is scheduled to commence in July 2012 and the Central Fire Station will be open for business on August 15, 2013. The 67,140 square feet fire station will have an Engine Company, Truck Company, Rescue Company and Battalion Chiefs that will respond to emergency incidents. In addition to shift firefighters, the Fire Department’s administrative offices, including the Fire Marshal’s Office, will be located at the Central Fire Station. There will be a City Emergency Operations Center at the fire station as well.
Mayor Ron Corbett, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, Fire Chief Mark English, representatives of Iowa’s federal congressional delegation, and Citizen Fire Station Relocation Advisory Committee members will be among the dignitaries at the Ground-Breaking Ceremony. Retired and current firefighters have also been invited to attend.