To help reduce response times for calls that have increased in the south part of the city, Broken Arrow has temporarily reopened a fire station that closed more than three years ago.
The station at 2900 S. Elm Place, which closed in 2012 after a station was built to replace it, will remain open until the construction of another new building, Fire Station No. 3, is completed. The city is in the process of acquiring land for Fire Station No. 3, which will be located in the southeast part of Broken Arrow.
In December 2012, all personnel and equipment from the old fire station on Elm moved to the new location at 2300 W. Norfolk Drive, now known as Fire Station No. 2.
Initially, the Elm Place station, which was built in the 1970s, will be staffed 24/7 by three firefighters with an Advanced Life Support Fire Engine. An ambulance will be added as staffing and other equipment becomes available.
In November, Broken Arrow voters approved two propositions that will redirect a majority of funds from the expiring countywide Vision 2025 sales tax. One of the measures will devote a 0.3 percent sales tax to public safety personnel and equipment, which would allow for 20 new firefighters and 20 new police officers.
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