Station made possible by CFA building purchase celebrated Tuesday evening

    As anticipated, Crookston’s new unmanned fire station located on the north end of town, opposite from the Crookston Fire Department’s main fire hall on the south end, has made it possible for local firefighters to respond to calls more rapidly than in the past.

    At an open house and ribbon-cutting event Tuesday evening, which also featured Halloween treats for visiting kids, the positive impact the new unmanned station has had in its brief history was a focal point, as was the continuing positive partnership between the full-time paid firefighters at the CFD and the paid/on-call firefighters who work with the Crookston Firefighters Association (CFA).

    Local firefighters have long felt that a north-end presence of some sort was needed in Crookston, and that desire has only grown in recent years with the Crookston community’s growth to the north. So a couple years ago, when the former AutoGlass Specialists building on Sahlstrom Drive off University Avenue was made available for what was seen as a favorable $245,000 price, the CFA jumped at it and bought the building. After months of interior and exterior renovations and relocating various equipment, the north-end unmanned fire station as deemed operational in February of this year.

    As a result, it was noted at Tuesday’s festivities, call response times have been reduced by several minutes on average, especially for responding firefighters who live on Crookston’s north end and don’t have far to drive to gear up and get in a fire truck.

    The Crookston City Council, which had previously pledged financial support to the CFA’s plans to construct a cold-storage pole-shed on the current CFD grounds on the south end, instead contributed financially to the CFA’s purchase of the building on the north end.