All are invited to an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Sioux Center’s new Fire Station 2.
The Sioux Center Fire Department will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs and giving the public an inside look at the new station, located at 1510 S. Main Ave. Fire Station 2, in southern Sioux Center, allows for quicker response times for the community’s volunteer fire department and helps keep a strong ISO rating for the community, which can help lower property owners’ insurance.
The new 7,200-square-foot, four-bay structure can accommodate four engines and is tall enough for the fire crew to work on the engines indoors. Next to the engine bays, a gear room holds firefighting gear in open lockers, ready for firefighters to respond to a call. In-station technology keeps the crew in communication and informed of each other’s availability and location when a fire call comes in. In the rear of the building is a wash bay for the fire engines. A water storage tank below the building holds rainwater for use in washing the trucks.
The front, south room of the station features a museum to house the department’s 1931 REO fire truck and other vintage fire gear. In front of the building is a tribute to firefighters, with an emblem in the paving stones and a bench near the flagpole. The tribute was designed by local firefighters.