breaks ground for fire station
August 8, 2007
Members of the Shreveport Fire Department join city officials and
during a ground breaking ceremony for a new fire station in
on Tuesday. (Velda Hunter/The Times)
About Station 22
LOCATION: 2022 Southern Loop in Shreveport.
COST: $1.9 million, funded by 2001 bond issue.
ENGINE ROOM: three bays measuring a total of 5,168 square feet.
BEDROOMS: 14 measuring a total of 3,680 square feet.
DAYROOM: 1,092 square feet.
KITCHEN: 819 square feet.
CONTRACTOR: M&M Builders of Shreveport.
By Velda Hunter
About eight minutes is how long it would take firefighters to get to
Southern Trace community,
with the nearest fire station being on Ellerbe Road.
But time spent rushing to save lives and property could be cut in
half when Fire Station 22 opens.
Improving response times, provided by Shreveport Fire Chief Kelvin
Cochran, is part of the reason a fire station is needed to serve a
growing area of Shreveport that includes Ellerbe Road, Long Lake,
Southern Trace, eastern Southern Hills and surrounding communities.
Members of the Shreveport Fire Department joined city officials and
residents Tuesday to break ground for an 11,000-square-foot fire
station at 2022 Southern Loop. The station, at a cost of $1.9
million made possible by a 2001 bond election, is set to open in
"Today is another great day in the history of Shreveport," Cochran
said. "It's a great day for public safety in the city of
The Fire Department is working to strategically locate fire stations
to decrease response times, enabling firefighters to reduce property
loss, put out fires, make rescues quicker and save lives, he said.
M&M Builders, of Shreveport, is the contractor on the station, which
is slated to have three vehicle bays, 14 bedrooms, a kitchen and a
is the third phase of the department's relocation master plan.
Dallas W. Greene Central Fire Station on North Common Street and
Station 13 at Pines Road at West 70th Street were relocated in 2004.
The department's average response time is 4½ to five minutes,
Cochran said, noting there are exceptions in certain pockets of the
Other areas in need include Southern Hills, which is midway between
two fire stations.
Plans are to relocate Station 17 and add Station 23 near Bert Kouns
Industrial Loop at Dean Road, Cochran said.
When that could happen depends on the City Council and voters,
considering another bond issue would be needed. But it's too soon to
talk about that, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover said.
The fire chief is doing an excellent job at developing a
comprehensive master plan to look at the population and determining
where stations are needed, the mayor said.
"We've got some stations that aren't well positioned or (are) very
old," Glover said, adding that the city certainly has a road map if
funds become available.
Other stations could be relocated or built. The plan calls for:
Station 17 (Southland Park Drive) to be relocated to Bert Kouns
Industrial Loop at Kingston Road.
Station 23 to be built at Dean Road and Bert Kouns.
Station 2 (North Market Street) to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at
Station 14 (Greenwood Road) to be relocated to Greenwood Road at
Station 15 (West 70th Street at Despot Road) to be relocated to
Jewella Avenue at West 70th.
Provenance Development Co. donated land for Station 22.
Councilman Bryan Wooley, who represents the area where Station 22 is
planned to be built, said the Fire Department serves the city well.
"I look for even greater things to come in the future."
Jeff Hogan, a former Shreveport councilman who has lived in
Provenance for about a month, said it is exciting to know a fire
station will be nearby.
"This is one of the reasons we moved out here. It's really
comforting to know that if we need fire protection, it's right