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Broken Arrow Holds Topping out Ceremony for New Fire Station

Matt Trotter

Workers installed the last beam of Broken Arrow’s replacement Fire Station 3 on Monday.

The topping out ceremony took the place of a groundbreaking, which couldn’t be held earlier this year because of a COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.

The replacement Fire Station 3 is on County Line Road near 115th Street. Broken Arrow Fire Chief Jeremy Moore said they crunched some numbers to figure out where to place it.

"Our 2015 study that we did, we tried to put fire stations where all of our citizens would have a five-minute or less response time. And so, this will cover about a five-minute area that you can drive to running emergency status," Moore said.

The outgoing Fire Station 3 is on Elm Place north of Jasper.

About three-fourths of the roughly $4 million cost of building and outfitting the new station came from bonds voters approved in 2011 and 2014. City Manager Michael Spurgeon said voters even approved additional funding for the fire station more recently, continuing the community’s investment in public safety.

"Because of the type of facility and the equipment and the cost of those improvements and the building, we needed to add some sales tax to it. So, there’s probably $500,000 to $750,000 approximately worth of sales tax that we had to add in order to complete this project," Spurgeon said.

The new station will house a fire engine, ambulance and brush truck to respond to grass fires. It's expected to open in April.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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