by Mayor Tammy

As our great city continues to attract more people who want to call Meridian home, we are committed to maintaining (or exceeding) service levels expected. While we hope that most days in Meridian are fun and carefree for our residents, we are all too familiar with those heart wrenching days which require assistance from Meridian’s premier emergency crews.  In those instances, it is important that police and fire are able to respond to Meridian residents quickly.

This is why I am pleased that we broke ground on Meridian’s 6th Fire Station, the second to be located in South Meridian. Last week I joined Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer, Deputy Chief Charlie Butterfield, Council President Joe Borton and Commissioners of the Meridian Rural Fire District to celebrate the start of construction on Fire Station #6 – the first such celebration in more than a decade!  This fire station will provide much needed services to residents and businesses south of Interstate 84.

Fire Station #6 will be a 10,229 square foot building, staffed 24/7 with an Engine Company and Battalion Chief. The design incorporates new health and safety standards in the fire service. This includes a dedicated room for gear used when fighting fires, concrete floors throughout to ensure best health standards, a diesel exhaust control system and a more efficient response layout.

Another unique component to Fire Station #6 is the addition of public art. The Meridian Arts Commission is currently seeking artists for proposals on artwork to be installed in front of the station. This will give the station more of a creative flare, pun intended. I look forward to seeing what these talented artists come up with that will embody the professionalism and compassion that the men and women of the Meridian Fire Department demonstrate on a daily basis.

This fire station is an example of the importance of conservative spending and forward thinking as we plan for the future of Meridian. It also reminds us that cities throughout the Treasure Valley are experiencing the same growth, which can be both difficult and rewarding – and we’re all in this together. Be sure to journey down Overland Road a few times in the next year and watch as progress is made on Meridian’s newest fire station set to open next spring.

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