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New fire station coming to Westport/Plaza area

The groundbreaking event for Fire Station #19 is Monday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. at 43rd Street and Bridger Road.

“This station will replace the existing Fire Station #19, and will provide enhanced fire protection to citizens living in the Westport and Plaza neighborhoods of the city,” said Kansas City Fire Chief Richard “Smokey” Dyer. “The facility will greatly enhance emergency service to the area, and response times for fire and emergency medical incidents will be reduced with the construction of this new station.”

The project is estimated to cost approximately $6.5 million and is completely funded by the fire sales tax passed in August 2001. The projected completion date is summer 2006.

The station is being designed by Shaughnessy, Fickel and Scott Architects and is being constructed by J.E. Dunn. It is being built using a battalion headquarters design, which means it will be a two-story structure with three-and-a-half bays. It will be a one-stop location where fire companies can refill supplies such as fuel, air and oxygen, and it will be used as a training facility for the Fire Department’s nearby fire companies.

The facility will include a kitchen, day room, lobby, watch desk area, public restrooms, laundry and locker rooms, air storage, clean wash and EMS storage, a training/conference room, and exercise space. The plans also include offices and housing for one battalion chief and four captains.

“The beginning of construction on Fire Station #19 is yet another visible indication to the public that their requests for expanded emergency services are being heard and answered,” said Councilman Jim Rowland, 4th District. Rowland is the chairman of the Budget and Audit Committee.

The City’s Capital Improvements Management Office is managing the completion of this project using the City’s design-build process. This process uses a single contractor to manage the design and construction phases of projects to shorten the length of bid time and expedite project completion. The process was approved by the City Council in February 2004.

For more information about this project, the design-build process, and other priority projects for the Kansas City Fire Department and CIMO, visit CIMO’s Web page (

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