MIDWEST CITY — Four replacement fire stations funded through a $4.5 million bond issue were completed in 2009.
The stations are at 8750 SE 15, 550 Adair Blvd., 900 N Air Depot Blvd. and 8712 NE 10. The department’s fifth station, at 801 S Westminster, was remodeled.
The fire department — and its equipment — had outgrown the previous stations, said Jerry Lojka, the fire department’s public information officer. Firefighting equipment was too tall to fit in two of the old stations, built in 1964.
The department is proud of its status as one of only 49 fire departments in the United States with a Class 1 fire protection rating from the Insurance Services Office, Lojka said. The rating "has a direct impact on insurance rates,” he said.
Throughout the year, firefighters conduct several programs to enhance residents’ safety, Lojka said.
They include Risk Watch, a program for elementary school students about various safety risks; a smoke detector program; installation of car safety seats; cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction; and fire safety for day care and preschool children.
Other programs address safety issues for seniors, kitchen safety and juvenile fire-setter intervention.
A recent addition to the department is Big Jim, a 10-foot-tall inflatable firefighter character, which is used for children’s fire safety programs.