Pierre Fire Department Holds Open House For Airport Fire Station

The Pierre Fire Department hosted an open house Wednesday celebrating a new fire station devoted to emergency response in the event of an incident with airplanes at the Pierre Regional Airport. Deputy Chief Cory Hoffrogge is in charge of the two-point-one million dollar building…

Hoffrogge says the new building will allow aircraft firefighting operations to be centralized in one place…

The extra room will make operations safer for firefighters…

A crew of four full-time and nine part-time staff operate out of the facility. The 6000 square-foot building was paid for with a federal grant that covered 90-percent of the costs while the City of Pierre tossed in 121-thousand dollars. The state of South Dakota contributed five-percent of the cost.