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Forum staff reports, Published September 13 2011

Ribbon-cutting set for new West Fargo fire station

WEST FARGO – Local and state officials and community leaders will gather Wednesday to mark the debut of this city’s new southside fire station.

The facility at 445 29th Ave. W. has been operational since May, but Wednesday’s event is a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new fire hall.

The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

The West Fargo Fire and Police departments share four offices in the building, which will allow for faster response times to neighborhoods south of Interstate 94.

The original fire station at 106 1st St. E., near the city’s older core, will remain open and continue operating as the department’s headquarters.

The south-side station is equipped to store as many as six fire engines, if necessary. However, one of the bays will be primarily used to house police vehicles at the site.

Construction of the new 9,000-square-foot fire hall was financed through a $1.5 million low-interest loan through USDA Rural Development.