With high call volume in the northwest region of Red Wing, but not enough resources in the area, Red Wing Fire Chief Shannon Draper proposed a second fire station to be built for the community to council members.
The building will be used for training firefighters, EMS classes, police officers, as well as being open for community classes.
"We're required to train hundreds of hours and also for ISO, which determines the homeowner's insurance base," Draper said. "We're losing a lot of points in that system because we don't have an area to train."
Currently, the Red Wing Fire Department conducts one live burn a year, costing $8,000. For additional training, Draper said, firefighters are sent to Rochester.
With a multi-purpose training tower, firefighters could conduct more frequent training. The location of the proposed training tower and fire station would be located near Kwik Trip and Burnside Elementary School. For the two buildings, Draper proposed increasing the City Council's CIP budget by $353,217.
City Council voted to approve the plans and move forward with bidding and building Fire Station 2 with the training tower as a bid alternate. The motion passed 6-2. In the option approved, it states that it would still see the training area and foundation completed at the same time as the fire station. If the bid comes back lower than expected, the training tower could be added to the scope of the work.
"When I look at it, if we're going to be looking at training needs, we need to be looking at all of our training needs, not just a piece," Council member Peggy Rehder said.