An important addition of the Perryville Fire Department is close to completion. Perryville Administrator Brent Buerck noted during his report at the Board of Aldermen meeting May 2 that the Perryville Firehouse No. 2 will hold a grand opening on May 17.
The new structure, on the west/north side of the Highway 51 bypass, that is in front of the Citizens Electric facility and is the first firehouse built in Perryville since 1974.
Members of the fire department, city officials, and county officials and others broke ground on the structure’s construction July 7, 2022.
“It’s a huge deal that we are getting a new firehouse,” Perryville Assistant Fire Chief Bill Jones said.
The Fire Department recently acquired a building on Delaney Street in the fall of 2022, which will give the department full fire protection coverage of the city.
“That essentially gives us a fire station and equipment on the south end of town, the central part of town with the current fire station, which will remain the headquarters, and then with Station 2 on the bypass it gives us a northwest coverage.”
The extra coverage also helps the city’s Insurance Services Office score, which takes into account how prepared a community an area is for fires and affects homeowner’s insurance as a result.
“Our ISO rating is a four which doesn’t mean a lot to people,” Jones said. “But when you can split up equipment where it covers that large of an area, it really helps. Right now, all of our equipment is within a few blocks of everything. If we would have something come through downtown it could wipe out all of our equipment, or at least make it inaccessible.”
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