Deteriorating Monroe fire station to undergo major upgrades

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - "We've pretty much outgrown this fire station," said Monroe Fire Chief Terry Williams.

Fire Station #5 is in bad shape.

Drainage issues and foundation concerns make up a few of the long list of problems the fireman at this site deal with on a daily basis. The station has had no major upgrades since it was built in 1969.

"There's a lot of antiquated amenities, cramping living quarters and certainly needs several upgrades," said Mayor Jamie Mayo.

Chief Terry Williams says when he took over the department in 2013, rebuilding this station was one of his top priorities. Since then, MFD has managed to save more than $1.8 million to make this happen.

"Today our trucks are much larger than they were 60 years ago. We have more people at the station than we did 60 years ago. Our stations are constantly used. Somebody is there in and out all day every day and we've basically worn it out," said Chief Williams.

Phase 1 was planning and designing the new station. MFD already purchased the lot directly behind the current station to expand and become more efficient.

Phase 2 rests in the hands of the city council.

"We're going to council tomorrow night to ask for permission and if the council approves then in about 60 days we'll be coming back before the council with the bids and recommending to the council a contractor," said Chief Williams.

If this moves forward, the station will have to be closed during construction. The trucks and fireman will be relocated but the chief says they will continue to provide life-saving service.

"We feel comfortable that we'll be able to cover this territory and provide a good service to the people while we're under construction," said Chief Williams.

Tuesday’s city council meeting starts at 6 in the evening.