Fire Department Proposed Station Location Q & A
Public Safety is an essential service cities provide to their residents and includes police and fire protection. Since its inception, the City of Arden Hills, along with the cities of Shoreview and North Oaks, has relied on the Lake Johanna Fire Department to provide critical fire protection. The fire department does more than just fire protection. Each firefighter is also trained as an Emergency Medical Technician to provide emergency medical services, Hazardous Materials response, water and ice rescue and other technical rescue functions with surrounding departments. To maintain the high level of service provided to the three cities, the fire department is looking to purchase a piece of land for a future fire station that would serve the three cities for the next 50 years.
The below questions and answers are to help residents understand the need for a new station and answer frequently asked questions. The information was compiled in-part following an interview with Chief Boehlke of the Lake Johanna Fire Department. As future questions are asked this information will be updated with input from the fire department.
- Why does the fire department need a new station location at this time?
- How did the fire department evolve from a total volunteer fire department to 24/7 duty crews?
- Why is the Lake Johanna Fire Department considering a site near Bethel University’s Anderson Center?
- When will the fire station be built?
- The proposed location is on Pine Tree Drive. Is this road wide enough to accommodate a fire station?
- Fire Station 4 at 3615 Victoria is less than 2 miles from the proposed Pine Tree location. Should the location be further south and west and let the Victoria station take care of the middle area?
- How will residents near the Anderson Center be impacted?
- What would happen to the trails on the Anderson Center property?
- What impact will this have on the Crepeau Nature Preserve?
- Why is Fire Station 4 being shuttered?
- Information to date states that the new fire station will serve southern Arden Hills and Shoreview. Will the proposed new station also serve northern Arden Hills and Shoreview?
- Why was Fire Station 1 on New Brighton Blvd decommissioned? Could that station be used for the new proposed station location?
- Was the Pot O’ Gold site considered?
- How does the Lake Johanna Fire Department Board make decisions?