Kenosha: 'Super’ fire station proposed

  • Source: Kenosha News
  • Published: 09/14/2016 01:50 AM

The city of Kenosha could get a “super fire station” next year. Two fire stations would close and be merged into a “super” station on the site of the shuttered Bain Elementary School, 2210 52nd St. The two stations considered for closure: Station 3, 2121 Roosevelt Road, and Station 5, 2125 Washington Road. “We need a new firehouse, there’s no doubt about it,” said Ald. Rocco LaMacchia, chairman of the Public Safety & Welfare Committee. He said Station 5 is not able to accommodate large fire trucks and is in desperate need of repair. LaMacchia said Mayor John Antaramian had approached him earlier this year about building a new station out of concern over Station 5. LaMacchia said Antaramian initially recommended building on land adjacent to Station 5. However, after speaking with firefighters, LaMacchia proposed an alternative that he said Antaramian now supports. “I talked to a few firefighters, and they said, ‘What about combining firehouses 3 and 5 together and putting it (at Bain)?’” he said. “I talked to the union and they were OK with it. Bain School is almost in between both firehouses.” LaMacchia said he also wants Station 5’s ambulance moved to Station 6 on the north side. “The north side of town does not have an ambulance, so if we take the ambulance from 3 and move it to Bain, now every station will have an ambulance,” LaMacchia said. “This would relieve pressure.” The Public Works Committee will take up the proposal Wednesday evening. It is expected to cost millions of dollars.



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