RACINE — A Racine fire station is expected to be relocated from 16th Street to a park near Durand Avenue.
Fire Station No. 6, 2101 16th St., was built in 1975, according to Fire Chief Steve Hansen. It was constructed according to residential standards and was not meant to be used for more than 10 years as the fire station, he said by email. With changes in the community, such as increased coal train traffic to the Oak Creek power plant, Hansen said it is time to move the station.
City officials said this week that the station will be moved to Case-Harmon Park, 2724 Hamilton Ave., a five-acre area on the southeast side of Racine. The new location will house equipment kept at the 16th Street station — a fire engine and ambulance — plus a reserve ladder truck, Hansen said. The spot would also allow emergency personnel to take advantage of the underpass at Highway 32 and Durand Avenue.
The fire station’s service area will remain the same, and response times are expected to be unaffected for areas that are west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, the chief said.
East of the tracks, staff could reach areas north of Dekoven Avenue about one minute faster and areas south of Dekoven less than one minute slower, he said.
“This is much preferred to being delayed by up to 14 minutes by coal trains tying up street level railroad crossings,” he said. “Remember, fire doubles in size for every minute it is burning, and during medical emergencies, especially heart attacks and strokes, time is muscle — the quicker we can get there, the better the outcome for the patients.”
The new location would also allow the Fire Department to incorporate props so staff can train more on working in confined spaces, collapse rescues, entanglement, ladders and high- or low-angle rescues, Hansen said.
On Monday, the city’s Finance and Personnel Committee recommended that the city contract with Kenosha-based Riley Construction to provide construction management services for the project. The company would be paid 1.95 percent of the total construction cost plus $28,500 for reimbursable expenses, according to a city memo.
The company was selected after the city made a request for proposals. The city’s purchasing agent said staff members are not prepared to oversee a construction project of this magnitude, so they wanted to seek outside help.
The city’s Public Works and Services Committee is expected to take up the contract before the City Council considers the recommendation.
Hansen said the city would next make a request for proposals for the design of the fire station, which he said would look similar to Station No. 5, 2430 Blaine Ave., next to Humble Park. The city plans to hire an architect for that work, he said. No time table for opening the new station has been set.
“Remember, fire doubles in size for every minute it is burning, and during medical emergencies, especially heart attacks and strokes, time is muscle — the quicker we can get there, the better the outcome for the patients.” Steve Hansen, Racine fire chief
DOVER — It’s been one year since Lynn Rickard’s family has seen her.
Rickard, 60, reportedly was naked when she walked away from her home at the Hickory Haven mobile home park on Schoen Road in the middle of the night on June 25, 2017. Despite weeks of large-scale searches that stretched into Kenosha County and a $50,000 reward being offered, Rickard still hasn’t been found.
“Yesterday marked a year ago Lynn Rickard went missing and we are still desperately trying to bring closure to the family,” Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling told The Journal Times Tuesday.
Hundreds of volunteers from at least 23 agencies aided in the search that lasted into November, which included horse-mounted police, the Civil Air Patrol, Wisconsin State Patrol and thermal imaging drones.
“We’ve exhausted every resource we have,” Schmaling said last August.
Rickard’s family reported that she is oxygen-dependent and suffers from paranoia, resulting from a mental health condition.
“I don’t think she made it the first night. It was so cold. They combed the area,” Rickard’s husband, John, told The Journal Times in August.
The last reported sighting of Rickard was at 7 a.m. on June 26, the morning after she initially went missing.
One week before, Rickard again had gone missing — this time fully clothed — but was found by Racine County Sheriff’s Office deputies 5½ miles from home, her husband reported.
For the first time since her mother’s disappearance, Rickard’s daughter Laura spoke with WTMJ-TV, saying that she’s hopeful her mother may still be found.
Anyone with information on Rickard’s whereabouts is asked to call the Racine County dispatch center at 262-886-2300.