Fargo Fire Chief reports forward progress for new Station 8 and expansion for Station 2

(Fargo, ND) -- Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen says improvements are planned for Station 2 on 25th St. South. 

"We're doing an addition to make is safer for our folks that are there. Currently there workout facility is on the apparatus floor which is absolutely the worst place we can put one. We have a diesel truck that sits there and starts up and we have a diesel exhaust capturing system, but it doesn't do one hundred percent," said Dirksen.  

Dirksen says the size of the facility at around 5,000 square feet is "woefully inadequate". The addition to the building is set to begin in May. The addition and upgrades include a new 750 square foot workout room and another room for "turnout gear". Dirksen says the cost of the project is $350 thousand dollars. 

The fire chief is also reporting forward progress on Station 8 planned for south Fargo. 

"The City of Fargo has grown by about 30 thousand people over the last 10 years, and so with more people comes more calls for service," said Dirksen. 

Dirksen says the new station is planned for a parcel on 33rd St. South, off 64h. He says the station is currently "out for bids", with the plan to open bids April 5th. He says the station will serve the areas around Davies and the new park district complex.  Construction is set to begin in April or May. Dirksen says the new station will significantly improve response times on Fargo's south side. 

Dirksen appeared on "Tuesday's with Tony" on WDAY AM 970.