Built in 1938, Fire Station No. 2 represents a long, successful partnership between the City of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University. It is located on the OSU campus at University Avenue and Knoblock Street. OSU leases the station to the City for $1 a year.
The station is a community icon and is listed on the National Registry of Historical Buildings. It served the university as OSU built its world-class fire protection and fire publication programs. Today, it serves the community as one of Stillwater’s four fire stations.
The 83-year-old building is woefully outdated and falls well below current national environmental, safety, technological and living standards. In addition, despite the best efforts of Stillwater firefighters, Fire State No. 2 response times are hindered by its location and physical limitations. Fire Station No. 2 faces the following issues:
Slow response times due to street layout, lack of street lights, traffic congestion
Response time also hurt by outdated station design and slow bay doors
Lack of space for company and multiple company training
Response and training deficiencies negatively affect Insurance Service Office (ISO) ratings, which impact residents’ homeowners insurance
Lacks modern fire alarm and security systems
Not energy efficient; poor heating and cooling; poor insulation
No exhaust capture system; diesel fumes enter station and living areas
Inadequate, outdated living quarters, kitchen, showers, bathrooms
Lacks co-ed facilities, office space, parking
Some areas, including training tower, unusable due to contamination, decay
Stillwater clearly needs a modern, better-located Fire Station No. 2 to adequately serve City residents, Oklahoma State University and Payne County. Because of its location and condition, renovating the current Fire Station No. 2 is not a viable option.
Thanks to its strong partnership with Oklahoma State University, the university is providing a location for a new Fire Station No. 2 on the east side of Western Avenue, north of McElroy. With a move, OSU will take back full ownership of the current Fire Station No. 2.
Moving to a northwest Stillwater location offers numerous benefits as the Stillwater Fire Department pursues its goal of reaching any fire or emergency in four minutes or less:
Reduces coverage overlap between Fire Stations Nos. 1, 2 and 3; providing broader, more efficient coverage
Improves access to major arterial streets, allowing for quicker response and safer travel
Improves response times not only for fire, but for emergency medical calls
Improves response and access to Stillwater Regional Airport
Better response times help Stillwater reach National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) goals and improve Insurance Service Office (ISO) ratings
The projected cost for a new Fire Station is $7-9 million. The new 13,000-15,000-square-foot facility would include:
Three drive-through bays
Updated, co-ed living facilities
Meet all safety, environmental, vehicle exhaust, ADA and other requirements
Space for meetings and training; with ability for future expansion to accommodate community growth
The City of Stillwater is committed to engaging citizens as it evaluates the pressing improvement needs already identified, as well as those gained from citizen input. The City will also seek citizen feedback on funding the projects.
The City will be holding community meetings in fall of 2021 across Stillwater. For the purpose of the meetings, the City will be divided north and south by Hall of Fame Avenue and east and west by Duck Street, forming four areas. Meetings will be held in each quadrant.
Community Meeting Schedule
August 24, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Stillwater Middle School
September 7, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Highland Park Elementary School
September 14, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Will Rogers Elementary School
September 21, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Student Union Theater
September 23, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Stillwater Junior High School
As part of its plans to engage Stillwater residents in the process, the City will be forming various citizen committees to provide guidance and oversight.
The community input will help guide the City Council as it determines the best course forward for Stillwater.
Terry Essary serves as the chief of the Stillwater Fire Department. You may reach him at 405.742.8303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content last reviewed 08.19.2021