Fire Station 4 will be a crowded one for the next two weeks while firefighters from two different stations work under one roof.
"It's nice to share a station with the other guys, the brotherhoods good. They take us in and share they're stuff with us," said Mark Haenni from Station 4.
Stations 4 and 5 have been under construction for the past few weeks with Station 4 receiving major repairs including a new bay addition, new metal roof, sprinkler system, paint, ceiling tiles, and energy efficient lighting. Now, it's time for the final phase.
"The last phase of the project and why we have to close the station down is that they're gonna tear up the tile, grind the floor down, the cement floor down, and then they're going to put a epoxy floor down," said Fire Chief Mike Dalsing of the St. Joseph Fire Department.
To repair the stations the department used left over funds from the construction of Station 12 and from the public safety tax.
Firefighter Jeff Bridgman from station 12 says he's happy the city is willing to pay to improve the stations that are their homes away from home.
"It's like our home, so it is nice that the city's spent some tax money trying to give us a place that we can take pride in and really take care of," Bridgman said.
It'll cost the city more than $45,000 alone just for replacing the floors in both stations and $850,000 total for upgrades just to station 4.
"The bathrooms being remolded is the same that it was when it was built back in the '70s," Haenni said.
Despite some cramped quarters for the short term the firefighters say they're happy for the upgrades.
"Keep that image up that we're progressive and try to keep our equipment maintained and ready to go," Bridgman said.
Renovations are expected to be completed in September and Dalsing says he hopes to have a three day open house for the public to see the final product.
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