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The Edina Fire Department has a goal of responding to fire and Advanced Life Support calls in an average time of six minutes.
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 north and west of the current location will better center it and move it closer to 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 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.
The study recommends two to four acres of land for each, but the stations could be built on smaller parcels like Fire Station 1. No formal efforts are being made right now to secure land for future stations.
The City Council will consider a 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan in late 2021.
Debt would likely be issued to pay for the construction of the new facilities. Again, no formal discussion regarding costs or payment have been made.