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La Crosse Fire Department shows off new $7.3 million station to public

Three fire response vehicles will be kept at the new firehouse



La Crosse’s first new fire station since 1967 opened its doors to the public Thursday.

The fire pole was off-limits at Fire Station No. 2, during an open house on July 14, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Fire Station No. 2 on La Crosse Street hosted an open house, about a month after officially opening.

The new building replaces a fire house on Monitor Street, which had been used since 1957.

It will be the new department headquarters, which had been at Station No. 1 at 5th and Market streets for decades.

The new station will be home to seven firefighters, along with three fire trucks.

Ground was broken in April of 2022 for the building, which cost around $7.3 million. It is located next to Coate Hall on the UW-La Crosse campus.

Meanwhile, a ceremony marking the start of construction for a new Gillette Street fire station is scheduled for next week.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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