The study suggests that a new Fire Station 2 is needed in less than five years and a Fire Station 3 is needed in the next five to 10 years.
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The Edina Fire Department has a goal in the Comprehensive Plan of placing an ambulance on the scene of Advanced Life Support calls within six minutes of dispatch.
With the continued increase in requests for service, maintaining response times would be difficult for the Edina Fire Department without the construction and staffing of a relocated Fire Station 2 and a new Fire Station 3.
In the near future, Station 2 should be staffed with two 24-hour Advanced Life Support ambulances in the southeast quadrant of the city. Additionally, the staffing of an engine or aerial crew should be a strong consideration.
Fire Station 2 on York Avenue is in fair condition, but the facility and site will not support the additional development necessary to add a second Advanced Life Support crew and, eventually, an engine company. Moving the station to provide a more balanced coverage area, when compared to the current location, will better serve the growing areas of the community and provide a better response time to a greater area of the city.
Growth in the northeast quadrant of the city is expected. It is anticipated that in five to 10 years, there will be a need for a station in the general location of Edina City Hall to support the need for Advanced Life Support response and fire response.
The study recommends two to four acres of land for each, but the stations could be built on smaller parcels like Fire Station 1. The City is currently working to secure a site for a new Fire Station 2.
Staff will propose Fire Station 2 be included in the City’s next Capital Improvement Plan.
The City would likely sell General Obligation Bonds to pay for the construction of the new facilities.