- LFD to open Station 8
LFD to open Station 8
The grand opening of Lawton Fire Station No. 8 – located on Bishop Road, halfway between Southwest 52nd and Southwest 67th Streets – will take place at 10 a.m. June 26. The event will include refreshments, inflatables for children, walk-through tours with firefighters and a hose-uncoupling ceremony in the tradition of the fire service. It is free and open to the public.
Station construction was a Capital Improvement Project approved by city voters and is valued at approximately $4.36 million dollars for the station itself with an additional $1.6 million dollars approved for roads and infrastructure. Total cost for the project is estimated at $5.96 million dollars. At 16,208 sq. ft., the firehouse will contain three drive-through bays, a maintenance bay, fitness center and training room. Lawton Fire Department Chief Dewayne Burk said the entire department is excited and appreciative for the additional facility.
“I believe it will provide the citizens and businesses along with the Industrial Park in that part of our community with a sense of security knowing that they will see not only improved response times, but better overall service from the Lawton Fire Department for many years to come,” Burk said.
Project manager Billy Tramel, of the City of Lawton Engineering Department, has overseen planning and construction for the facility and said he aimed for longevity when contemplating its design.
“Some folks do not live the same house for 30 years but we have firemen and city employees that have worked in the same building or rotated back through a building time and time again for 30 years,” Tramel said. “Longevity like that is hard to keep up with when trying to build for a sustainable facility, and the expectations are tremendous. From the community standpoint, we truly hope our citizens are pleased with the project and the use of their tax dollars, and that they join us for this momentous occasion.”