FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 27, 2006
Dedication ceremony held for Fire Station No. 19
The City of Kansas City, Mo., continues to fulfill an overwhelming mandate by citizens to repair, upgrade and build new public safety facilities. In lieu of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, a symbolic uncoupling of fire hoses was held Friday at Fire Station No. 19, 550 W. 43rd St.
Representatives from the Fire Department, elected officials and City staff dedicated the new fire station, which replaces the original Fire Station No. 19 at 4012 Washington St. and Fire Station No. 32 at 4928 Main St. After the ceremony, tours of the facility were provided.
"We can now serve the citizens of the Westport and Plaza neighborhoods of the city from this larger, state-of-the-art fire station facility," said Chief Richard "Smokey" Dyer of the Fire Department. "The new station provides our fire personnel with new and improved systems that will greatly enhance the emergency service they can provide to the public."
Construction of the approximately $6.4 million project began in September 2005 and Fire Department personnel moved into the station in September 2006. The project has been funded completely by the quarter-cent sales tax for operation of the Fire Department that includes capital improvements, which Kansas City voters passed in August 2001.
"The completion of Fire Station No.19 is evidence that the City is listening and delivering upon public appeals for expanded emergency services," said Councilman Jim Glover, 4th District at large.
The Capital Improvements Management Office has managed the completion of this project using the City's design-build process. This process uses a single contractor to manage the design and construction phases of project to shorten the length of bid time and expedite project completion. The station was designed by Shaughnessy, Fickel and Scott Architects and constructed by J.E. Dunn Construction Company.
"This new facility has been designed and constructed using durable materials and systems to ensure low maintenance and utility costs," said Councilman George Blackwood, 4th District.
This new fire station is a two-story structure with apparatus space for two pumpers, a 100-foot aerial ladder unit and an incident command post vehicle. Designed as a one-stop location where fire companies can refill supplies such as fuel, air and oxygen, the station will be used as a training facility for Battalion 106.
The facility includes offices and housing for one battalion chief and three fire companies, kitchen, day room, lobby, public restroom, three fire offices, laundry space and locker rooms, air storage, clean wash and EMS storage, and a training room and physical fitness area.
For more information about Fire Station No. 19 and the design-build process, visit CIMO's Web site (www.kcmo.org/cimo).
Media inquiries about the Fire Department should be directed to Tricia Middleton, community service and media relations coordinator in the Fire Department, (816) 784-9200. In regard to this issue, media inquiries about the Capital Improvements Management Office should be directed to Steffany Hedenkamp, communications specialist in the Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 506-4630.