Groundbreaking for New Davenport Fire Station
Work will start soon to build a new fire station in north Davenport. Wednesday morning, city leaders held a groundbreaking at Brady and 42nd streets, near Northpark Mall.
Fire Chief Mike Carlsten says the new Station 3 will replace a 60 year old station at the corner of 35th Street and Harrison.
"The current location is hampered by flooding by Duck Creek and it's currently located in a FEMA floodplain. The building was not designed for the needs of today's workforce nor the size of today's response vehicles."
Much of the growth in Davenport during recent decades has been to the north.
"This has resulted in an increased call volume in this region and the newly-located Fire Station Number 3 allows for the fire department resources to accomodate for the growth of our commercial, industrial, and residential needs in this area."
Carlsten says the new station will have more room for training and department operations, living quarters designed for today's co-ed workforce, and a community room.
Site work for the 10 million dollar new fire station will probably begin next week, with completion expected in the fall of next year.