A new fire station potentially coming to Lakeland

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City of Lakeland Fire Station 3 | Screenshot via Google Maps

At the city commission’s annual strategic planning retreat last week, the Lakeland fire + police departments asked the city for $9.5 million to meet the needs of Lakeland’s growing population.

While the initial request proposed relocating Station 3 (110 W. Bella Vista St.), commissioner Mike Musick countered the proposal by suggesting that the city build an additional station on Lakeland’s north side, rather than moving the existing station.

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City of Lakeland Fire Station 3 | Screenshot via Google Maps

Let’s take a look at the new station, to be known as Station 8, by the numbers.

  • 3.5% — Lakeland’s growth rate in 2021.
  • 7 — Current number of fire stations in Lakeland.
  • 1,000 — Number of emergency calls taken by Station 3 in 2021 with a response time greater than 10 minutes.
  • 8,000 — The number of emergency calls Station 3 responded to in 2021. For context, that’s nearly double the average number of calls other Lakeland stations responded to in the same year.
  • $160,000 — Budget for the new station’s furnishings.
  • $880,000 Cost for trucks + other firefighting equipment.
  • $1.2 million — Cost to hire 12 new full-time employees.
  • $1.3 million — Annual cost of operating the new station.
  • $1.5 million —Proposed budget for a two-acre property for Station 8, according to Lakeland Fire Chief Doug Riley.
  • $2.2 million — The cost of the new station’s construction, including two bays for a rescue vehicle and fire engine.

Station 8’s bottom line is $5.9 million. In addition to serving as north Lakeland’s newest fire station, the facilities would also house a police substation.

The proposed new station follows the January grand opening of the Lakeland Fire Department’s five-acre training complex. The facilities, which feature both a four-story and five-story training tower. opened at 2450 W. Lake Parker Dr. after years of planning + construction.

The state-of-the-art center prioritizes the health and safety of firefighters while providing local training exercises central enough to Lakeland to take distress calls in a timely manner.

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