Built in 1938 as a cooperative effort between the City of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Fire Station 2 is located at the corner of University Avenue and Knoblock Street and is owned by Oklahoma State University. It is on the National Registry of Historic Buildings.
Station 2 is generally responsible for fire calls primarily in the center part of the city from Sangre Road to eastern city limits, south of McElroy Avenue to State Highway 51 (6th Avenue).
The National Fire Protection Association 1710 Standard sets the standards for emergency fire response for municipalities. The standard states that the first arriving fire engine will arrive in four minutes, and all subsequent trucks will arrive in six minutes.
The City of Stillwater’s 2030 Plan states there is projected commercial growth along Country Club north to Lakeview and along Lakeview east to Western. Because of Station 2’s current design and location, the department cannot meet these response time requirements.
Oklahoma State University has offered to work with the City of Stillwater to find a location that will support positive response time improvement on the west side of the community and will support future growth to the west.
Relocation of Station 2 in the area of Western Road and McElroy Road will provide direct access to major arterial streets, which allow units to respond to incidents with greater efficiencies while maximizing the safety of the public. When lives and property are at risk, every second of the emergency response cycle counts.
At Station 2 the large volume of pedestrians and motor traffic (particularly during the OSU academic year and athletic seasons) negatively affects emergency response capabilities and adds associated risks.
Long travel path from the living area to the engine, which negatively affects response times.
Engines must back into the station.
Firefighters are forced to reside in a fire station that does not meet current fire safety codes.
The building design does not allow access for members of the public with disabilities.
Insulation and flooring materials that contain asbestos.
No OSHA-required decontamination area.
No separate men’s and women’s showers.
The current structure is listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings, which limits the ability to remodel, and the lack of property around the building prohibits the ability to expand.
Inability to hold department training, which affects Stillwater’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating and your personal insurance rates.
The new station can be built to the LEED (Green) design, which attempts to safeguard air, water, and earth by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices. This can also save operational costs to the City by using more efficient construction materials as well as more energy efficient appliances.
As the need for public safety grows in the community, so does fire protection. The City of Stillwater and the Stillwater Fire Department are committed to providing the most comprehensive services to the citizens of Stillwater.
A new station would provide a safe and efficient environment for our first responders, space needed for all the equipment and apparatus and a new living and work space that is in compliance with building and accessibility codes. Onsite housing for our firefighters would be improved—an important aspect of our recruitment and retention program. An emergency response command center and vital training room would be added, and parking and traffic function would be improved.
Tom Bradley serves as the chief of the Stillwater Fire Department. You may reach him at 405.533.8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.