Fire station outgrows current location

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Emergency vehicles encounter a difficult start getting to calls from Fire Station 53 in Omaha.

6 News watched one rig struggle to get going. Despite the firetruck's horn, four cars didn't stop, preventing the rig from turning onto Dodge.

"We see that a lot," Fire Captain Steve Crnkovich said. "I've noticed it more and more. It seems we have a lot of distracted drivers. The majority do a good job and pull over."

Located in the center of Omaha, Station 53 covers areas like Creighton Prep, UNO and anywhere along the 72nd and Dodge Street Corridor.

"We are aware of the congestion on Dodge Street. Crews here are capable to make alternative plans to get around it," Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick said.

While an inconvenience, firefighters said it doesn't impact response time.

"Our drivers that we have here now have to do a good job at being very defensive drivers," Crnkovich said.

Between 2020 and 2025, Station 53 will move. The plan has been in the works for years.

The station will move to the 72nd and Cass corridor.

Fire crews said they've outgrown the station. They hope to see things like storage and individual rooms at the new location.