Thursday, April 23, 2015

Groundbreaking Ceremony For New Public Safety Facility

This morning, the City of Overland Park broke ground on a joint public safety facility that will house both police and fire personnel.

Many calls for emergency service require a joint response from police and fire, which means coordination and sharing of resources. The new police and fire station is a reflection of that valuable and necessary partnership.

The new building will be located just south of the intersection of W. 159th and Antioch and across the street from Blue Valley West High School. It will replace the current fire station at 159th Street and Metcalf. By relocating to the new site and combining with the upcoming interchange at 159th and US-69, it  provides a more strategic location to respond to emergencies in the area.

This project is truly a partnership that extends far beyond City Departments of Fire, Police, IT, Parks and Public Works.  It encompasses everyone associated with the project--all to produce a quality facility to better serve the Citizens of Overland Park to maintain the high quality of Public Safety we expect in our great community.  We don’t have the opportunity to build these types of facilities often and look forward to the completion of this project.

The fire side will have capacity for 12 fire/EMS full-time staff members in conjunction with four double-deep, drive through apparatus bays, living quarters, office, kitchen and more.

The police side will have  enough space for 30 officers and civilian staff members, room for patrol briefings, armory, special apparatus and more.

Over the past four years, Overland Park’s population has grown by more than 10,000 new residents, and businesses. It’s safe to say much of that growth has taken place south of 151st Street, and much more will in the years and decades to come.

Overland Park receives national recognition for its level of fire and police service, which is among the best in the nation.

Residents have resoundingly stated public safety is one of the top priorities for city leaders and this new facility is a reflection that goal.