PARAGOULD, Ark- In just several weeks, Paragould firefighters will move into their new fire station.
As the building is in it’s final stages of completion.
Chief Kevin Lang says this will benefit everyone in town.
“Everybody’s very excited about it. I mean it’s a new facility, it’s a bigger facility, it’s gonna be easier to operate out of with the drive-thru base,” says Chief Lang. “Just more space to work out of. There are several upgrades that we don’t have in this particular station; of course, this one was built in the  40’s.
”They are a little over one month away from move-in.
The new fire station will offer many features, like a storm shelter, and a training room that can accommodate 70 people before social distancing.
That will be used for meetings and community classes like CPR and first aid.
Chief Lang details more features of the new station.
“It has a gym facility in it that’s available for all city employees to use at any time,” he says. “The guys will have a great room that has a kitchen, living space in it. We will have individual sleeping rooms in it, drive-thru base for the trucks is a huge upgrade for us. That’s a big safety factor to be able to drive thru base instead of having to back the trucks in and connect to it. There’s several upgrades that we don’t have at this particular station.”
Construction began in August 2019 on the 4.7 million dollar building that sits on Highway 49 North in town.
The station can sleep six at once; the same number of firefighters that are on duty at one time.
The building will also have five bays, one for each fire engine.
Chief Lang says the new location will cut down on response times.
“It gives us better coverage and quicker response to the northern part of the city,” said Chief Lang. “We’re not moving that far from where our current location is. The way we will be set up on the highway is we’ll have a lot quicker access to the northern industrial park, and some of the northern areas of town that have seen some residential growth as well.”
In the future, they hope to add a fire training building a tower.
Chief Lang also says they expect this building to serve the residents of Paragould for the next 60 to 70 years.