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December 5, 2013

Fire Chief updates council on new fire admin building

CLAREMORE —

Work continues on the future site of the city’s fire administration offices and senior citizens center at the corner of Blue Starr and Sioux.
Earlier this week, Fire Chief Sean Douglas updated the city council on the fire administration’s part of the project.
Four department administrators, including the chief, deputy chief, fire marshal and training officer, have been housed at City Hall for the past three and half years, since moving from the old Will Rogers Library.
“We have been trying to find a place with more room, but money is always an issue,” Douglas said. “When the parks department and the senior center purchased the old church building (at Blue Starr and Sioux), they allocated us space and that has grown into what it is now.”
“What it is now” is 5,000 square feet that will accommodate offices, along with a large training area, conference room, break room and plenty of storage space.
“Currently, we can get one other person in my office and I routinely meet with more than one person at a time,” Douglas said. “When we have trainings, we have to meet wherever we can find the space. We’ve used NTC, Expo Center and the Community Center, but all those require scheduling to work around other groups that use the facilities.”
The training room will be able to accommodate 30 to 50 people.
“The new location will serve as something that is upgradable for the department and offers flexibility for future growth with the possibility of being able to add on to the north side of the building,” Douglas said. 
A conceptual site plan has been designed by Chuck Monach, a retired general contractor, who has offered his time and talent to help with the project.
“He has invested a lot of time and effort with this and I’m glad he’s been able to help,” Douglas said.

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