Members of the Columbus City Council approved an $8.9 million contract to construct a new fire station at 150 E. Fulton St.
The six of seven council members who were present passed the legislation. Priscilla R. Tyson was absent.
Robertson Construction Co., of Heath, was awarded the contract out of five bidders. Robertson was the third-highest bidder but was deemed the most responsible and best bid, according to city documents.
City officials said the new station will come with an additional medic vehicle and two paramedics who will serve parts of Downtown and neighborhoods on the southern and eastern parts of Downtown.
The new station will be called Station 2 and is expected to open in the first half of 2017. The city shuttered the old Station 2 earlier this year and temporarily moved its firefighters to a new Station 3 at 222 Greenlawn Ave.
The contract with Robertson also includes the demolition of the old station, with the new facility to be built on the same site.
Deputy Chief Jack Reall, who recently stepped down as president of the fire union, strongly advocated for years for more fire stations. Reall has argued that the city hasn’t kept pace with its population growth in terms of fire personnel and fire stations.
Reall said the city relies too heavily on other jurisdictions to provide emergency response to Columbus residents in the outer ring of the city.
Division Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor said new stations might be needed. The recently appointed chief said he’ll continue to monitor emergency runs and calls for emergency services to better deploy personnel.
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