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City of Lawrence to build new fire station



Lawrence, Indiana – On Tuesday, local leaders and members of the community gathered in Lawrence to break ground on the city’s first new fire station in over 20 years.

Lawrence Fire Department Station #38 will be built at 4450 N. McCoy Street on the same plot of land as the former Station #38, which was demolished earlier this summer.

According to Fire Chief Dino Batalis, the previous fire station was over 35 years old and was originally built to house volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel — it was never intended for overnight stays.

“I think this is going to be a great asset to our neighborhood. Ladder 38 is one of the busiest ladders in Marion County,” Batalis said. “This is the first time a fire station has been built with firefighter input.”

After visits to other recently-built firehouses in the area, the new firehouse was designed with feedback from current firefighters.

When complete, the new $10 million fire station will include a decontamination station, improved exhaust system, and fitness center.

The city hopes to have the new station open in 2023.