The village of Suamico is making plans to replace its 55-year-old Fire Station 1. The old station is outdated and a new facility is in the planning stages.
For 55 years Fire Station 1 has been home base for the Suamico Fire Department. But while the agency has grown and this building added on to twice, Chief Troy Noe says his department needs more room.
“To take this stuff and lay it on the floor to make sure it’s all clean, different things like that, there’s no room,” said Noe.
“We have a facility, Fire Station 1, that is 55 years old. It’s old, inefficient from an operational standpoint, it doesn’t house the equipment well,” said village Administrator Steve Kubacki.
For those reasons and more Kubacki says the village board approved a space needs study Monday, directing staff to search for an architect to make a new fire station a reality.
“The timing is right, let’s get this thing done,” said Kubacki.
Kubacki says the station would be built at West Deerfield Avenue and Riverside Drive, providing ample room for the fire department and space to possibly house County Rescue. It would also move the fire department out of a busy business district.
“This facility is at a location in Vickery Village, right in the core of businesses. It doesn’t make a lot of sense at this point in time,” said Kubacki.
“It’s very tough at times to find a parking spot, to get our people here, to get our trucks out the door, to respond to an emergency,” said Noe.
In the planning for 5 years, Kubacki says the village has the money to make it happen.
“We’re looking at $6 million when it’s all said and done,” said Kubacki.
Kubacki says a public information meeting will be announced soon with construction expected to start by the end of the year.