Task Force looking into additional fire station for La Crosse, renovating current stations

Held first meeting Thursday

The viability of renovated and additional fire stations in La Crosse is being studied by a new task force.

The seven member Fire Station Planning Task Force will help determine the cost and need of a fifth fire station in the city. The age of current fire stations is also being looked into, with the most recent station dating back to 1967.

The task force held its first meeting last Thursday.

La Crosse’s Fire Chief, who is also a member of the special panel, says he is hearing a lot of different opinions on updating the city’s fire stations.

“I’m right up front, I’m getting first-hand knowledge on everything that’s going good with our services, as well as bad with our stations and some of our infrastructure,” said La Crosse Fire Department Chief Ken Gilliam.

The Task Force will host fire station tours and additional meetings over the next few months to come up with a few plans.

Adding another fire station could cost the city between $4 million and $8 million.