B.A. Tops Out Fire Station 3
By BOB LEWIS
Officials from the City of Broken Arrow topped out a replacement for Broken Arrow Fire Station 3 on Oct. 19.
The project site, which is on the west side of 23rd Street (County Line Road/193rd East Avenue), north of the Creek Turnpike at approximately 115th Street, will replace an older Station 3, currently located about two miles away on Elm Place north of Jasper (131st) Street.
“We use a great deal of data and research to determine the most effective location for our resources, including this and all future fire stations, in order to maintain quick response times and superior customer service to our citizens” said Fire Chief Jeremy Moore.
When finished, the new station will have three bays sized and equipped for modern firefighting apparatus. Reco Enterprises is constructing the station, which will cost about $3.8 million. It is funded by voter-approved 2011 and 2014 General Obligation bonds.
The topping out ceremony was held in place of a traditional groundbreaking because that was not possible during the initial shelter-in-place order for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Broken Arrow is turning up the heat in its quest to provide the best possible protective services with the construction of two new fire stations.
Earlier in October, ground was broken for a replacement for Fire Station 7. The project site is directly south of Arrowhead Park at 201 E. Washington St.
It replaces an aging Station 7, currently located about one mile away on Elm Place north of New Orleans Street. That station had been decommissioned once before when Fire Station 2 was completed, but was put back into service when the Fire Department expanded operations to include a seventh station in 2016. Among other deficiencies, it was built when firefighting apparatus were much smaller than they are today, meaning many of the department’s modern fire engines do not fit in the old facility.
“A great deal of data-driven research was done to determine the most effective location for this and all future fire stations,” said Fire Chief Jeremy Moore.
The new Fire Station 7 will have four bays sized and equipped for modern firefighting apparatus. Coweta-based Bravo Builders will construct the station, which will cost about $3.6 million. The project is funded by the voter approved 2018 Build Our Future BA General Obligation Bond package.