SEVIERVILLE — Construction of the city’s newest fire station is set to begin soon at 122 Prince St.
The downtown station, Sevierville Fire Station 3, is being built on the site of the city’s first fire station.
The new station, which will be about 10,000 square feet and have three apparatus bays, will be replacing the former main station, which relocated to Dolly Parton Parkway in 2019. The estimated completion date is January/February 2022.
The $4.6 million station will primarily serve downtown, West Main Street, Old Knoxville Highway and Gist Creek areas and portions of Highway 66.
“There will be six firefighters who stay at this station once it is open,” Chief Matt Henderson said during the city’s recent Public Building Authority meeting.
At the meeting the authority approved the guaranteed maximum price of $3.8 million for the construction portion of the project, provided by Denard Construction.
“We feel pretty confident we have a good price and a good design,” said Bob Moncrief, Central Services Manager.
The station will also house an engine, a ladder truck and a quick response EMS/light rescue vehicle. There will also be a fire pole at the station.
“I do have dibs on being the first one down the pole,” city administrator Russell Treadway said.
The first station at 122 Prince St. was built in 1961, but it wasn’t until 1995 that the city hired its first full-time firefighters.
The first fire station had four garage/truck bays, and included offices for City Hall and the Water Department. In later years, those offices moved out as the fire department grew.
In 1986, the Sevier County Electric System moved to their current location and the fire department was expanded by joining the old SCES building warehouse.
The department’s original fire engine, Engine 1, is now housed at the Headquarters Station museum on Dolly Parton Parkway and is scheduled for restoration work in the next year.
For additional information, call SFD at 865-453-9276.