City of Dike unveils plans for new fire station

Shown above is a rendering of the new fire station that will be proposed to voters during a bond referendum on March 6. (Courtesy photo)

DIKE – Over a decade ago, the city of Dike identified the need for a new fire station to replace the aging, 1950s-era facility the Dike Fire Department currently uses. Now, after a long process of research and deliberation, the city is finally ready to unveil plans and specifics for a new fire station that will be proposed to voters early next year.

Renderings of the new station, designed by the Martin Gardner Architecture Firm out of Strawberry Point, Iowa, show a super steel structure that’s approximately 13,000 sq. ft. in size, located on a plot of city-owned land on the northwest edge of town.

The new facility would not only provide enough space for the department to store all of its trucks, tankers and equipment in one convenient spot, but it would also provide the department members with their very own meeting room, as well as an office, kitchen and restrooms.

Dike Fire Chief Marv Geiken – who has been with the department for nearly 20 years – said that one of the biggest challenges with the current fire station is space confinements. There is no formal meeting room for department members to hold meetings and conduct training, and there is not enough square footage at the station to store all of the trucks, tankers and equipment in one place.

“Right now, we have equipment we have to store in different locations, not in the station,” he said. “We have to go to a different location to get our boat [for water rescues] or hazmat stuff.”

With no room to expand the current station, and with maintenance issues including a bad roof, crumbling foundation and block walls and a rotting sill plate, the city decided to look into building a new structure instead.

For the full story, see this week's Grundy Register.