Unified Government evaluating plans to update fire stations in KCK

Posted: 9:38 PM, Apr 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-06 03:21:54Z

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas commissioners held a special meeting Wednesday night to hear an update on the progress on a Fire Study, specifically to look at the fire station rebuild and remodel plan. 

A 2015 study commissioned by the Unified Government found that many of the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department's 18 stations were not up to code or outdated. 

"Only three meet code and that report has been out for a while. Nothing has been done," said firefighter Bob Wing, who also serves as the business manager for the Local 64 Firefighter's Union. 

Wing met 41 Action News outside of the fire station on 81st and Leavenworth Road, which currently has a retaining wall crumbling feet away from its front door. 

"In this particular case I would like to see the station blown up, demolished, bulldozed and rebuilt," he said. 

The fire department and study claim the stations are too overcrowded making it impossible to put important safety machines inside the stations, such as ones to help prevent cancer. Many of the stations are also not ADA compliant. 

While no decision was reached Wednesday night, commissioners say they will continue to look at the fire study. The report also encompasses information about how the department is understaffed and a need for updated equipment.