Weather permitting, the men and women of Fire Station No. 2 will be moving Wednesday.
They'll be leaving the old station house, at 1347 29th St. and moving about eight blocks away to 1047 33rd St.
"It's kind of like getting a new house. Everybody's super excited," said Lt. Lance Smith, who works out of No. 2 - the city's oldest working fire house.
But as pumped as the firefighters are, there are some things Smith said he will miss about the old station, which was built in 1948.
"It's tucked away in a small neighborhood setting. It's got a real homey feeling about it," Smith said. "The new place is big, it's modern. I'll miss the homey feeling of this old station."
The $1.2 million, 8,000-plus square foot replacement will house the same number of personnel, but will give them more room. Old No. 2 is about 4,600 square feet.
The new station house features eight dorm rooms, a day room with a high-end kitchen, exercise room, laundry room and covered patio where firefighters can grill and relax out of the weather.
The station's three large bays will house a pumper truck, ambulance and the department's Emergency Management Command Vehicle. The city's fire investigation vehicle will also work out of Station No. 2.
The new location is closer to the center of the fire district, said Deputy Chief Greg Lang, the project director on the build. The location was suggested by the Insurance Service Office, which analyzes risk for cities and private business, Lang said.
One feature that no other station house has is a $65,000 Bauer air compressor that fills a small room off the bay area. It augments a similar but aging unit at Station 1 downtown, which had been tasked with refilling all the air bottles firefighters need to do their job.
"It's an expensive piece of equipment," Lang said. "But that's not a place where you want to cut corners,"