March 24th, 2017
The City of Brookings and the Brookings Fire Department will break ground on a new fire station at the northwest corner of the intersection of Main Avenue South and 26th Street South at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. The groundbreaking is free and open to the public.
“In 2016, the Brookings Fire Department responded to 231 calls for service. During that time, our average response time to all calls, including those in Brookings County, was only six minutes, two seconds,” Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann said. “The new South Main Fire Station will help us further shorten our response times, as well as expand our coverage.”
Designed by JLG Architects, the 5,754-square-foot, $1.4 million South Main Fire Station will accommodate four apparatus bays for three engines and one rescue boat, support space, and a display area for the department’s vintage 1940 GMC Firetruck.
The new station will provide additional height to raise the apparatus during service and will include large glazed overhead doors and transom windows to draw natural light into the space and limit the need for artificial light.
The South Main Fire Station is designed for multiple future expansions – up to four bays to the West and overnight space to the East – to reduce construction cost as the city grows. The building is expected to be completed in late 2017.