The new Altus Central Fire Station and Fire Rescue Project has been launched, according to City Engineer Phil Beauchamp. The City of Altus is using the design team of Boynton Williams and Associates from Norman for the next station to be located at 108 N. Park Lane.
The new station will be a single story building, and will include a state-of-the-art training facility that with audio and visual support, new sleeping quarters with eight individual rooms, and will provide enough room to store all equipment in one place including the fire and rescue trucks.
There will be five bays for the fire trucks. They will be able to pull straight through, which is now a mandated requirement.
The building will also be weather and tornado resistant, and will have a safe room.
The fire station is in the very early stages of design, and changes could occur as needed. The time line for an estimated groundbreaking is about 8 to 12 months away, with construction to take about a year to build. A ribbon cutting ceremony could be late in 2017 or early 2018.
The original plan was to refurbish the current Fire Department and City Hall. After architects researched the plan, the decision was made to make better use of the tax dollars by building a completely new fire station.
The Altus Fire Department and Altus Fire and Rescue are vital to the community in many ways besides fighting fires. They respond to emergency accidents, and are the Region Haz Mat Rescue.
The old fire station will be demolished along with city hall and be utilized for parking.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077