The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 51
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 51

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, February 2, 1986
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 PageSIS New fire station improves protection for south Salinans By KAREN ME1S StaH Writer Fire protection in south Salina has been revised to accommodate the growing needs of that part of the city. The new Fire Station No. 3 at Belmont and Key was built because of the growth which has occurred in south Salina during the past 10 years, said Salina Fire Chief Dave Robertson. "Every growing city must take into account fire protection," Robertson said. "Not only has housing in that area developed, but also business and industry, which is an integral part of the new station.'' The southernmost fire station in Salina is now the old Fire Station No. 3, located at the Salina Municipal Airport, which is responsible not only for crash-fire-rescue operations on the airport runways but also structures in the area formerly encompassed by Schilling Air Force Base. The fire department expects to move the airport station's personnel and equipment and the "No. 3" designation to the new station this month. The airport station will continue to operate, strictly as an airport crash- fire-rescue unit under the aegis of the Salina Airport Authority. At its new location, Station No. 3's area of responsibility will continue to encompass the structural areas of the airport including all the industrial and educational facilities as well as the Schilling Manor resi- dential area. As far as area coverage is concerned, the move from one station to another involves few changes, Robertson said. The new station will cover the same areas as the airport station did, with the exception of the runways, which are the responsibility of the Sauna Airport Authority. The authority responds to crash-fire- rescue operations on first call, and the new station serves as a backup. "The entire city's backup system changes dramatically with the opening of the new station," Robertson said. "There is a tremendous change in the flanks being left exposed; it used to be areas in central and north Salina were left uncovered at times because one of the stations had to serve as a backup for the airport station. An area should never be left uncovered unless a tragedy or some- The new Fire Station No. 3 thing would occur." Response time also will see significant changes after the new station is operational. Fire protection to south Sauna from Fire Station No. 2 at Minneapolis and Santa Fe meant response times of 8 to 10 minutes to south Salina. That area of the city will now receive fire protection in three minutes or less. Robertson said it also will enable "second-in" units to arrive and give the critical backup needed. "Studies conducted prior to the building of the new station showed that response time to the entire south' Salina area would be reduced," Robertson said. He said the new station also will help to maintain the city's fire safety standards and its ability to have reduced insurance premiums. Three years ago the Insurance Studies Of- MontyDovU fice reclassified Salina from a "class 5" city to a "class 3" city. The ratings between 1 and 10, with 1 having the lowest insurance premium rates, are based on a community's capacity to meet fire emergencies. The ratings are based on the location of fire stations, water delivering systems and accessibility. Robertson said four firefighters, an aerial ladder truck, large volume pump truck, rescue unit and a grass/ brush fire unit will be at the new station. No fire apparatus has been purchased specifically for the station; everything to be based there is equipment already in the fire department's fleet. Although the station's rolling stock will include an ambulance, it has not yet been decided if it will be totally operational on an immediate basis. Robertson said no commitment has been made as to whether or not emergency medical service units will be staffed full time. "People must remember that fire protection and medical service is an incredibly costly thing for the city. It generates little, if any, revenue," he said. "With tax money as tight as it is, the station is one of those things we have to play as best we can in the most effective manner.'' The most expensive item in the station will be a full-scale repair facility for fire apparatus. Robertson said the equipment must be kept at its top operating abilities. "After all, you just can't have an ambulance or a truck that doesn't run," he said. An example of "one of those little things that adds up" to the cost is a special type of locker to fight mildew. Robertson said each firefighter wears $200-$300 worth of clothing when fighting a fire, and lockers were installed in the station which have a constant flow of air to fight the clothing's wetness. A lot of thought and experience went into the planning of the new station, Robertson said, and the "mildew-fighting locker" was an idea discovered through studies of fire departments across the Midwest. The initial cost of the $1.2 million new station was expensive, Robertson said, but will be thrifty in the long run. He said the station is cost- effective. Construction for the fire station, which was built by Frank Construction Co. of Salina, began in October 1984. Although 210 days had been anticipated for construction, a completion date had not been set because bids drop considerably when a completion date is not written into the contract. A delay in the completion of the station caused some controversy within the community, but Robertson said he was never alarmed. He said the project was an ordinary one which had been set back by bad weather and building complications. "The city got the facility it had designed and paid for. It is a very well-designed building and will be functional for many years to come," Robertson said. "It was designed to serve the city in the future as well as the present, which is something many people don't consider anymore." Robertson said initially there was a lot of concern that the station wouldn't lend itself aesthetically to its residential neighbors. "It doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, though, and yet is a totally functional building," he said. "The most important thing is that city fire protection has been improved." First firetruck cost $900 Sauna's first firetruck was purchased for $900 in 1910. It was a Mitchell and was one of the first in the state. 1-135 overpass will improve airport access By GORDON D. FIEDLER Jr. Staff Writer Within the next few years, all roads won't lead to the Salina Airport, but Saline County and airport officials hope the access will be improved enough to enhance the airport's industrial attractiveness. The county is forging ahead with plans to connect the severed east-west link of Water Well Road on the south edge of airport property in order to brighten prospects for development of the vacant land along the southern edge of the airport. The Salina Airport Authority recently bought two 80- acre parcels along Water Well at Centennial that it also hopes to dangle before industrial clients. County commissioners have received state funding for the design phase of the project, which involves an overpass for Water Well Road where it crosses the interstate. Water Well Road was divided when I- 135 was built. In January, the contract for the design phase was awarded to Mid-Continent Engineers for $53,000. Once the design is complete, the state will advertise for bids for the construction phase. Traffic between the airport and US-81 highway now must travel Schilling Road, which bisects two housing developments and goes through a school zone. The other two accesses to the airport are from the east on Magnolia, another mile north of Schilling Road, and from the north on Centennial from its intersection with Cloud, at the north end of the airport property and still another mile north. Water Well Road, a mile south of Schilling Road, would provide a more direct link to US-81 for truck and other traffic entering and leaving the airport's south end. The Water Well overpass design doesn't include an interchange on the interstate, which officials say could be added later. The overpass alone is estimated to cost $1.3 million, according to County Commission Chairman Dennis Carlson. Commissioners hope the project is finished by 1989. Meanwhile, The Salina Airport Authority will be exploring the potential for developing its vacant property, including those tracts along and near Centennial and Water Well. Aiding in that effort will be Wilson and Co. Engineers, Architects and Planners, which is preparing an industrial site assessment on parcels of five acres or more. The results will give the authority a catalogue listing of the attributes of each of the potential building sites. The final report could be used for promoting the airport property as an industrial park. Two bridges replaced Motorists in the Solomon area in northeast Saline County saw the completion of two bridges over the Solomon River in 1985. The bridges replaced two aging structures and were part of the county's five-year bridge replacement and maintenance schedule. County Engineer Wes Moore said he tries to avoid replacing bridges so close to each other in the same year, but these came up for funding at the same time. The county keeps its five-year bridge project list updated so it can be ready to apply when replacement funds become available. While the Solomon River bridges were the two significant bridge replacements in 1985, the county replaced or repaired nine smaller bridges and culverts. For 1986, Moore said, the only large bridge project forecast is a replacement of a bridge at the northeast corner of the town of Gypsum. Although federal funds are drying up elsewhere, highway and bridge money, while not a wellspring, seems to be safe from federal budget cuts. "I don't think we'll see (a change) in the Surface Transportation Act," Moore said. B & R PRESCRIPTION SHOP Salina's Complete Pharmaceutical Facility PATTY MARTIN Ostomy Incontinence & Urologic Products MARK VAN BUNNEN Respiratory Therapy Oxygen Apnea Monitors We are pleased to present our staff of health care professionals and highly skilled personnel who are well- trained and always ready to advise and assist you. 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