Indianapolis Fire Department wants to consolidate stations in Franklin Township

Posted at 1:26 AM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 02:00:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Fire Department is planning to consolidate fire stations in order to better serve the residents in Franklin Township. 

Fire officials are finalizing plans to build a new centralized fire station and consolidate Stations 52 and 54.  This is part of the department’s Redeployment Efforts.  

IFD says an exact location has not been determined but it is looking at two pieces of property. 

  1. One sits on the northwest corner of Hickory Road and Southport Road.  
  2. The other location being considered would be in front of South Creek Elementary School in the 9,000 block of Southport Road. 

The fire department says it would cost between $3.2-$3.5 million dollars to build a new station. 

They would close one of the older stations, No. 52 which is on House Street. That closure would bring about $1.5 million dollars in savings to the department. According to the proposal, with the savings from closing Station 52, the new station would pay for itself in just 2.5 years. 

The plan also calls for re-purposing Station 54 off of Combs Road and turning it into a Health and Wellness Facility where firefighters could get services like rehabilitation or annual physical training.  That renovation would cost roughly $85,000 and would be the first of its kind facility in the nation. 

The department hope to have the project completed sometime in 2018, but there is no definite timeline at this point because officials are still in the planning stages and haven't approved the proposal.