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Posted on: March 14, 2023

Springfield Fire Department hosts demolition ceremony for old Fire Station 7

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The Springfield Fire Department hosted a demolition ceremony for the old Fire Station 7 on Tuesday, March 14 at 2129 E. Sunshine. Fire Station 7 is located on the boundary of the Brentwood and Oak Grove neighborhoods. The old station, built in 1958, has long exceeded its usefulness and is being demolished to make way for a rebuilt station. 

The new station will be operational in about a year.

Funding for the new station, which will cost just over $3.5 million, is being provided by the voter-approved Level Property Tax. 

“We are keeping our promise to Springfield voters,” said Fire Chief David Pennington.

The tax, which generates about $8.5 million per year, funded or is funding:

  • Improvements to Fire Station 10 at 2245 E. Galloway St., which was built in 1979. The newly renovated station became operational in 2022. The $644,000 renovation included improvements to the station’s kitchen, dining and living room spaces, physical fitness areas and sleeping quarters. The laundry area was updated to allow for the proper inspection, cleaning, drying and storage of turnout gear (firefighter protective clothing).
  • The rebuilt Fire Station 4 at 2423 N. Delaware, which became operational in September 2022.
  • The brand-new $3 million Fire Station 13 in the 1900 block of West College in the West Central neighborhood. Fire Station 13 was placed into service in February, 
  • The brand-new Fire Station 14 at the northeast corner of West Chestnut Expressway and North Duke Avenue. Construction for station 14 is planned as part of a 2026 bond package made possible by the Level Property Tax. 

“We are ecstatic to be able to replace these old stations with modern facilities and equipment, and equally excited to build two new stations in underserved areas of Springfield, both of which have high fire risk,” Pennington said. 

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