According to a report from NWI, the Dyer (IN) Fire Department (DFD) allowed city town council members to take an early look at its new Central Park Fire Station this past Saturday, which will become operational at the end of the month.
The 10,500-square-foot, $3.1 million facility will serve the fire, police, and park departments. Located at 930 213th Street, a few doors down from the former Station No. 2, this new station was constructed on property from Central Park, the town’s largest park. Station No. 2 was built in 1978. The town’s other fire station, which is home to other municipal departments, is on Hart Street.
DFD Chief Thad Stutler said the new station provides more space and storage room for police and parks. The DFD has a staff of 34 paid, on-call firefighters, about half of whom are also emergency medical technicians.
Stutler said there will be no sleeping quarters in the station, but it will be able to house 16 firefighters. The bay area has room for two pumpers, one special-use vehicle, one “squad” vehicle for transporting extra staff, one inflatable boat, and one small trailer for holding medical supplies.
Stutler said the new facility offers more room for staff, including training, shower facilities and space for police and parks. Police have a smaller bay area, while parks has storage space.
Other amenities at the station include an extractor for washing personal protective equipment, airvacs in the bay area for removing carbon emissions from fire vehicles, and wall computers for training and for connecting to Lake County fire crews.
The town broke ground for the station in May 2020.