There’s a little more room to breathe at Fire Station No. 2 at 1711 Country Club Drive these days. Mansfield Fire Rescue staff manning the station is finally moved back in after a year-long expansion and remodel at the 28-year-old facility.
“Before the remodel it was like five guys living in an efficiency apartment,” said Fire Chief Barry Bondurant. “Now there is a little more room to move around.”
Mansfield Fire Rescue staff will join with the City Council and City Manager at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, to dedicate the newly expanded station. The public is invited to attend.
The remodel and expansion added 1,000 square feet to the station and remodeled existing areas including the kitchen and bathrooms. Chief Bondurant said the expansion was necessary to provide space for the station that now includes five firefighter/paramedics per shift and not the two staff per shift the station was built to handle.
“Minimum staffing for Station No. 2 is five, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Bondurant said. “We have an engine and an ambulance at the station at all times. And this station covers the northeast quadrant of the city, which has grown significantly since it was built in 1986.”
Bondurant said the $850,000 expansion project, managed by Development Services Director Richard Wright and Assistant Fire Chief Eric Peterson, will also give the firefighters who live at the station more privacy in the living quarters.
The City of Mansfield currently has four fire stations, one in each of the four quadrants of the city. Fire Station No. 1 is located at 202 S. Main St. Fire Station No. 3 is located at 3100 E. Broad St. Fire Station No. 4 is located at 1954 N. Main St.