LFR’s dilapidated Station 8 set to be demolished in October

Response times should not be impacted much

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In October, Lincoln Fire & Rescue will be demolishing one of the oldest stations still standing in Lincoln.

Station 8 near 17th and Van Dorn Streets was built in the 1950s — on top of an even older cistern (an underground storage tank).

Because the cistern is degrading, the station is literally falling apart at the seams.

There are visible cracks in the walls, and pieces of the wall can be removed by hand.

After demolition, the crews at Station 8 there will be housed elsewhere for about 18 months, until the new station is opens, hopefully in May 2024.

The big question is: Will this hurt the department’s response time?

LFR Chief Dave Engler said not really.

That’s because the county and city implemented a new Computer Aided Dispatch system, last year.

“Prior to the new CAD implementation, we used to provide response by what we called fire zones, so the area that the fire stations covered,” Engler said. “Now all our units are equipped with AVLs or Automatic Vehicle Locators, so they’re dispatched according to who’s the closest unit.”

With the new system, station location no longer plays a major role in what units get dispatched where.

Engler said the facility currently has no designated women’s bathroom or sleeping area because the station was built during a time when women were not in the fire department.

The new facility will be built with the appropriate accommodations.

Engler said the new facility will also have cancer-prevention efforts built into it.  He said there will be designated “hot,” “warm,” and “cold” zones, indicating the level of harmful chemicals that might be present there.

Engler said cancer is the No. 1 killer of firefighters, so it is important to make sure that they are safe where they live and work.

Engler said these zones were also built into the department’s five newest stations.

LFR said the price for the new facility is going to be around $11 million.

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