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Lansing Fire Station receives structural and aesthetic updates

by Josh Bootsma

Lansing Fire Station No. 3 has been the home of Lansing firefighters since the building was built in 1976. Since that time, the station located at 19300 Burnham Ave. has received minimal updates. Recently, the fire station was remodeled and is better equipped to serve the handful of firefighters working there throughout the week, and is thereby better equipped to serve the Lansing community.

According to Fire Chief Chad Kooyenga, 95% of the project’s cost was covered by funds obtained through grants. The Lansing Fire Department (LFD) was able to save costs by having firemen do the necessary demolition work instead of paying a demolition company.

The Locker Room

Before the remodel, the locker room was quite cramped, and the bench was held in place only by duct tape. (Photo provided by the LFD)
The new lockers are larger and give firefighters more space to get ready. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The sleeping spaces

Before the remodel, firemen looking to sleep during their shift were crowded into a single room. (Photo provided by the LFD)
The new sleeping spaces have spacious stalls, giving firemen privacy and more room for their personal belongings. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)


The old kitchen (especially during the remodel, as shown above) was moderately-sized and basic. (Photo provided by the LFD)
The new kitchen received significant aesthetic improvements and has more space for food storage. The spread shown above was offered to Village officials who toured the updated station on December 3. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Common areas

Between calls, firemen helped demolish some of the old spaces, including the front door entryway and common area. (Photo provided by the LFD)
The new common area includes comfortable recliners and a TV for the firefighters to enjoy between calls. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The common area also includes tables and chairs. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Administrative spaces

During the remodel, half of the station’s garage served as a home for administrative necessities, where they shared space with an ambulance and fire engine. (Photo provided by the LFD)
Lansing Fire Chief Chad Kooyenga answers questions during the December 3 open house. He is seated in one of the newly remodeled offices. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The newly remodeled Fire Station is located at 19300 Burnham Ave.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.