The construction of a new fire station in Jefferson City is nearly complete and is expected to be in use within a matter of weeks.
The fire station on Industrial Drive that had stood for almost 50 years will soon make way for a new $2.2 million facility on Rock Hill Road.
It will be called fire station number three.
Jefferson City Fire Chief Jason Turner said there are several benefits the new facility will offer, including bunk rooms for female firefighters.
“Each room will be a private room for each firefighter there,” Turner said. “That’s one of the things that we really stressed during the development and working with the architectural engineers: making sure we give them the privacy.”
Turner also said the new facility will provide more space, storm shelters and a backup 911 call center. Turner expects firefighters to start moving into the station in a couple of weeks, and said there will be a grand opening for the general public in late July.
City Administrator Steve Crowell said he is excited for benefits the new station will provide for the entire community.
“We think it’s a great opportunity, not only for the employees that work there but also for the service that will be provided to the citizens and the increased services there,” Crowell said.
The project is under budget and was paid for by a half cent sales tax approved in 2012.