Monday, Broken Arrow broke ground on a new fire station near Washington and Main Street.
Fire Station Seven is currently in a building that's more than 40 years old, the new station will replace it.
“The current fire station has just two bays. This one will have four bays. It will accommodate individual sleeping quarters that will help us with accommodating for different genders throughout the fire station," said Jeremy Moore.
Moore is Broken Arrow's Fire Chief and said a study in 2015 showed the need for a new fire station.
“We had an area of our community that there was a gap in that response time and to fill that gap this seventh station was needed and we had an existing station that we re-opened temporarily knowing that this station would eventually be built," said Michael Spurgeon, Broken Arrow City Manager.
The fire department set up station seven in the building that previously served as station two, but Chief Moore said the building isn’t meeting their needs.
“It’s just not designed with the modern-day features and safety appliances and so forth that we need to make sure we’re protecting our firefighters," said Chief Moore. “They just needed a modern facility so that they could be a little more comfortable even like today where we can have our firefighters spread out a little bit more to give them a little more isolation from each other when we’re all trying to practice social distancing.”
Chief Moore expects the new fire station to be operational in about a year and said it should last the city 50 years.