Chippewa Falls (WI) City Council Gets Preview of Fire Station Plans

Members of the Chippewa Falls City Council got their first look at how plans for the city’s new fire station are coming together on Tuesday evening.

Steve Gausman of Five Bugles Designs, the firm contracted to design the station, took the council on a virtual walk through the just under 20,000 square foot building which will be just north of Business 29 on Chippewa Crossing Boulevard.

While the plans are only about 30 percent complete, so far, council members are liking what they see.

Gausman explained that the station was originally planned to have a footprint of about 22,000 square feet. But that was scaled down to save costs.

“We went through a lot of pain to distill this design down,” Gausman explained. “We haven’t lost any spaces but we have taken 2,000 square feet out of the drawing.”

Additionally, Rob Krejci of the city engineering office, explained that the fire station is being designed to use both natural gas and propane as laying the natural gas line to the fire station is proving to be expensive.

The drawing showed a single story building that included five bays for fire trucks and equipment as well as a tower separating the apparatus bays from the living and administrative spaces.

This new fire station is expected to cost around $5 million and will serve as the Chippewa Falls Fire Department headquarters. The current fire station just behind City Hall on Bay Street will still be used, but the city’s other fire station, located on Park Avenue, will be taken out of service.

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