Fire Station 3 construction update

Since the groundbreaking in April, the new Fire Station 3 has started to take shape. If you pass by the site at 2301 86th Street East, you’ll see most of the exterior of the structure is now complete, including the walls, concrete floors and roof for the building. The photo above was taken in August. 

The new station will provide adequate equipment, truck and tool storage, address health and safety issues for firefighters with a decontamination room, provide more room for training and be more energy efficient. 

“We’re aiming to have things buttoned up on the site before the winter weather hits so work can be done on the interior through the season,” Deputy Fire Chief of Engineering and Operations Tim Barrett said. 

The existing Station 3 is 53 years old and no longer meets the needs of the community or Bloomington Fire. The City is using South Loop funds to build the new Station 3. Firefighters who work out of Station 3 were involved in the design process from the beginning. Stations 2, 4, 5 and 6 also need to be replaced in the future. Construction on Station 3 is expected to wrap up in early summer 2020.