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Arena plan could include new fire stations; pop. growth affects response time

A conversation by Rapid City council at their meeting on Monday over the Civic Center redo came as a surprise by many, because the discussion was over whether or not new fire stations should be added into the plan, which would greatly increase the cost.

But fire response time is lacking for the eastern portion of the city, as the calls for service have dramatically increased.
Rapid City Fire Chief Mike Maltaverne has been before city council many times, informing them of the needs of the department…..

Maltaverne said no formal action has been taken, and the idea is under discussion only….

The city has outgrown the main fire station, and Matlaverne said replacing the existing headquarters planning began in 2010. The plan moved forward with the purchase of 4 and a half acres across from the current facility.
Maltaverne said there is a bit of a hole in the department’s response delivery in the eastern portion of the city…
Maltaverne said Western Dakota and the fire department have been working together for quite some time delivering training for responders.
Maltaverne said the department has received a final draft on the fire department's conceptual design so they have a better idea of the cost.
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