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Ceremony heralds new Ardmore fire station

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Officials break ground for Ardmore's new Fire Station No. 3. (KTEN) Officials break ground for Ardmore's new Fire Station No. 3. (KTEN)
The site for Ardmore's new Fire Station No. 3 is adjacent to Noble Stadium. (KTEN) The site for Ardmore's new Fire Station No. 3 is adjacent to Noble Stadium. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Ardmore city officials broke ground on a new fire station Wednesday morning -- a facility that's been needed for almost two decades.

The current Fire Station No. 3 is actually not a fire station at all; it's a former public works building. But it's been used as a makeshift station since 2001.

"Just something that we've had to make work," said Fire Chief Cary Williamson.

Firefighters at Station No. 3 have been making it work since they grew out of the original facility in 1999.

"It had been built back in the 60s, and wouldn't accommodate to the larger size firetrucks that are being built today," Williamson explained.

So since the turn of the century, the old public works building at 1997 Veterans Boulevard has been the closest thing to a station house the firefighters had.

"It wasn't designed to be a fire station," Williamson said. 

That's why Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art replacement at 125 Veterans Boulevard, next to Noble Stadium, was such a relief to firefighters, commissioners and city employees.

"This is going to be designed to accommodate our firefighters that are stationed here 24 hours a day," Williamson said. "While they are here, this is their home. And so there will be some features to the station that will help provide them the comforts of home that they don't have currently."

The new building will also feature a storm shelter and a backup dispatch station in case of an emergency.

"If we had to evacuate our dispatch, they had nowhere to go. So this gives us that opportunity," Williamson said.

With the new station being located more toward the east side of town, residents like Paula Smith say the quicker response could be a life-saver.

"Death... life and death," she said. "Because if you can't breathe, you cant do nothing."

Chief Williamson said he hopes to have the new station up and running by next September.

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