Mount Vernon Fire Department to hold open house

December 3, 2018

Mount Vernon firefighters Pete Kamper (left) and Jim Wietlispach head out for some duty work Oct. 12 from the city's downtown station. The city has drawn up plans to replace the aging station with a new building one block to the south.

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Fire Department will host an open house at its downtown fire station Tuesday to seek community input about a new station.

It is the second open house the department will hold before the City Council potentially sends a general obligation bond proposal to voters that would provide funding for changes at each of the department’s three stations.

Included in the proposal would be a new downtown station.

When the current station was built in 1964, the department was primarily volunteer based, and the station does not currently have the capacity to address its growing service area, according to a news release from the department.

According to the tentative plan, the city’s other two fire stations would receive upgrades that would increase the stations’ efficiencies.

The open house will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the downtown station, 901 Second St.

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