Plymouth Breaks Ground on New Fire Station, Renovates Another
Over the last couple of years, the city of Plymouth has transitioned to a 24/7 fire staffing model. That system relies on both full-time and paid-on-call firefighters. Plymouth officials say the change was necessary as its population and call volumes grew.
Now, two Plymouth fire stations are about to undergo significant upgrades to improve aging buildings and accommodate those 24/7 firefighter shifts.
On Wednesday, the city held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the occasion. Fire Station 2 will be completely torn down and rebuilt. Constructed in 1977, the building no longer met the needs for the city’s day-to-day operations.
“We’re doing this for two reasons. First and foremost is to keep our firefighters so they have all the tools and equipment necessary to fight fires,” explained Plymouth Mayor Jeff Wosje. “This was built over 40 years ago. The needs and requirements of this building just don’t meet the needs and requirements of today for firefighting.”
Wosje said the project will also help firefighters keep residents safer.
“They’ll be able to respond in the fastest possible way out to a fire or an emergency event,” said Wosje.
Although Fire Station 2 will be demolished, the fire service will continue at a temporary location.
Renovations for Fire Station 3
Meanwhile, Fire Station 3 will get extensive renovations. Built in 1989, the building developed moisture issues and has outdated safety features. The expansion and renovation will include additional living space, locker rooms and training areas.
Both projects are expected to wrap up by mid to late fall of 2022.