The City is in the planning stage of building a fire station in southwest Overland Park.
Population growth, call volume and emergency response times necessitate a fire station in the area of 175th and Quivira. Currently, Overland Park Fire Department Station 45 and Johnson County Fire District 2 serve residents of this area.
This page will be updated as the Station 48 project progresses.
Senior Civil Engineer
The station will be built on the north property line between Aubry Bend Middle and Blue Valley Southwest just east of the middle school track, on Blue Valley School District property.
This location does not impact the Blue Valley Southwest cross-country course.
The following attachments and links provide more information about this project and the process for development review.
All Overland Park fire stations are located within or in close proximity to neighborhoods.
Emergency units do not typically sound sirens until they are on major thoroughfares.
There will be an emergency traffic signal in front of the station to allow emergency vehicles to safely enter and exit traffic. The signal will be controlled by emergency crews and will only operate when emergency apparatus come and go.
Overland Park firefighters have a track record of being good neighbors. Most neighbors appreciate having fire and medical assistance close by.
City staff held an open house meeting to share the vision for the project and seek input from neighbors and residents on April 25, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Aubry Bend Middle School, 12501 W. 175th Street.
City staff held an additional public meeting via Zoom on April 30, 2020 to provide updates.
The purpose of the April 30 neighborhood meeting was to share the vision for the project and seek neighbors’ input prior to Planning Commission consideration of the special use permit application at its May 11 meeting.
The Planning Commission approved a special use permit for the project at its May 11 meeting and a final development plan for the project at its August 10 meeting.
Land acquisition, design, and construction of Fire Station 48 are included in the 2020-2024 Capital Improvements Program, along with equipment and apparatus purchases for the station.
The Public Safety Committee approved a budget amount of $5.8 million at its November meeting.
Because the school district property becomes densely populated during school activities, the district saw value in having first responders close by for the safety and security of students and staff.
As the Blue Valley School District initiates a fire science program for its students, a working fire station on school district property can provide a unique opportunity for students interested in fire science to learn and train.
Particulars of a curricular relationship between the Overland Park Fire Department and Blue Valley School District will be defined moving forward.