Stillwater Fire Department’s Open House, Fire Station Grand Opening is Saturday

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The Stillwater Fire Department’s annual open house is Saturday, Oct. 10 at the new Fire Station on Maryknoll Drive.

Firefighters will visit schools as part of Fire Prevention Week to teach children about fire safety. The annual open house will also serve as the public grand opening for the new fire station.

The Station Dedication and Grand Opening ceremony will be from 9-10 a.m., with the open house from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Due to ongoing construction of the Stillwater Armory, on-site parking will be limited. Additional parking and a shuttle bus will be provided from Rutherford Elementary School located at 115 Rutherford Road.

There will be tours of the new fire station, firefighting demonstrations, free fire education and prevention material, blood pressure checks, face painting and child fingerprinting.

Firefighters completed the move from Fourth Street up the hill on Aug. 29. This is the fourth fire station in Stillwater’s 143 year history.

Stillwater’s first fire station was on Commercial Street. The fire department moved to Third Street, and then to Fourth Street, where firefighters have been housed for 50 years.

The new $7.3 million fire station is about 25,000 square feet and features a hose tower that doubles as a training apparatus, six drive-through bays for fire trucks, an entry to feature historic items, a conference room and office space, and a bay that can be used as a smoke room for training, as well as a space to store boats and other firefighting equipment.

The new fire station will eventually be connected to the 79,000-square-foot, $18 million National Guard Readiness Center site that will include an auditorium, classrooms, kitchen, fitness area, locker rooms, administrative spaces and a space that will be used for simulated marksmanship training.

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