Little Canada OKs fire station spending

Mike Munzenrider Some $270,000 worth of upgrades are planned this year for the Little Canada Fire Station in the 300 block of Little Canada Road.

The Little Canada Fire Department is remodeling its fire station.

The fire department received the go-ahead for $187,000 worth of work on its kitchen, locker room and showers from the Little Canada City Council during its March 27 meeting.

Work will include the replacement of the fire station kitchen’s cabinets, appliances and floor, all of which are original to 1991, according to a city memo. 

Leaking showers in the two existing locker rooms will also be redone, and the locker rooms will be split into three smaller areas to accommodate the possibility of three-person duty crews, the memo says.

Fire Chief Don Smiley told the council that proceeds from the fire department’s charitable gambling would cover some $110,000 of the locker room renovation. 

Another $20,000 worth of gambling funds would go toward kitchen budget overruns not being covered by the city, which is putting in $53,000 that was budgeted for last year.

Smiley said fire officials met with the fire station’s architect three or four years ago to go over a wish list of possible upgrades for the facility, with the planned work being a culmination of those discussions.

The council also approved a further $83,000 that will go toward new garage doors, a power-washing system and grinding the station’s garage floor. That cash was also in a previous year’s budget.

Renovation work at the fire station was expected to begin this month.

The council approved a few other purchases for the fire department already this year.

In February it gave the go-ahead for two new command vehicles at a price tag of $116,000. The purchase was on schedule with the department’s vehicle replacement plan. 

In January, the council approved the $177,000 purchase of new breathing apparatus, on schedule with federal guidelines regarding the replacement of the scuba tank-like equipment that firefighters use for smokey situations.


—Mike Munzenrider

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