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(September 16, 2019)

The City of Omaha plans to purchase land in South Omaha to build a new fire station to replace Station 31. The move will improve emergency response coverage in the south Omaha area.  The City expects to break ground for the new station in 2020.

An analysis of Omaha Fire Department station locations completed in 2016 identified the need to replace Station 31, currently located at 25th and L. 

“We are constantly evaluating community needs and our response plans,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.   “The new location will improve our emergency coverage to the neighborhoods and businesses of South Omaha.”  

The new station will be built at 3404 Q, the property  is owned by Miami Partners, LLC. The purchase price is $730,000. Funding for the land purchase and station construction is included in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

The purchase agreement is on the September 17 City Council agenda for first reading.

“The modern station will be designed for efficiency and with the best interests of firefighter wellness and safety in mind. We look forward to the completion of this project,” said Chief Dan Olsen.

The 2016 analysis also recommended moving Station 53 at 80th and Dodge to a location between Dodge and Cass on 72nd Street. A site search is underway.

The Omaha Fire Department operates 24 fire stations.  The last new construction was Station 3 at 3126 S. 16th Street, which opened in 2001.