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Rapid City Closer To New Downtown Fire Station



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Rapid City is moving closer to getting a new downtown fire station with approval of a $1.4 million land purchase.
 
The city's legal and finance committee approved the request this week for land across from the current fire
station on East Main Street.
 
Fire Chief Mike Maltaverne says the purchase would help the department meet the increase demand in services.
 
Calls have increased by 10,000 within in the past 20 years, and staff levels have increased by 40 percent. Maltaverne says the current space is landlocked, and there hasn't been an opportunity to renovate or remodel.
 
The funds were originally to build a station on the east side of town, but demand there hasn't materialized.
 
The city council gets final say on the land purchase Monday.
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