The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 18, 2014

Renderings show next fire station

By Dale Denwalt, staff writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Construction could begin this summer on a replacement fire substation, Enid city commissioners were told Tuesday.

Fire Station No. 4 currently is located on West Garriott near Cleveland. City officials already have secured acreage on South Hoover, which is about a mile away.

That location sits in an area used for commercial businesses; storage units sit directly to the south. Last year, however, the city wanted to place the No. 4 station in Lion’s Park, a small, triangular piece of grass and playground equipment surrounded on all sides by homes.

After a public outcry and legal protests, the city instead chose to buy the property on Hoover.

The station will serve its own area of Enid. Three rotations of three firefighters each will stay in the facility at all times.

According to a presentation by architect David Payne, the modest fire station will have room for two vehicles in the apparatus bay. There will be a living area and offices. The firefighters on rotation that day will be able to use a fitness room and kitchen.

Because the current No. 4 station is aging, fire department officials decided they needed to build a new one. To avoid an exit on the busy commercial corridor of West Garriott, they decided to have the initial exit from the station onto a less-populated street.

The city decided on a more westerly location to reduce the overlap with Enid Fire Department’s headquarters, or Station No. 1.

This fire station is laid out in a similar way to station No. 2, which is on a street with more traffic — North Grand. That station includes design elements that will not be in the new one.

For instance, No. 4 will have a boxy, predominately gray exterior with red highlights, including the apparatus bay doors. No. 2 is more elaborate, with arched bay doors and a more historical design.

Ward 1 Commissioner Ron Janzen remarked the architectural renderings don’t look “as fancy” as the station on North Grand.

“It’s a little more industrial, a little more clean, a little less maintenance,” replied Fire Chief Joe Jackson. “That’s kind of what I was looking for. We’re right in the middle of some metal buildings.”

Ward 3 Commissioner Ben Ezzell complimented its appearance.

“It looks like a fire station,” he said. “I like those big red doors.”

There is vacant land on every side except the south side, but Jackson said if it does expand, the city will start by increasing staff instead of the building’s footprint.

“I can’t see that location needing more space at all,” he said. “I would see more personnel than more space.”