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The Taj Mahal of Fire Stations


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MSB Station 6-2, the new Knik Public Safety Building, is almost completed and the total costs are now just over $12 MILLION.

This Fire Station & Training Facility is located on 74 acres way down KGB road in Wasilla. It belongs to the Mat-Su Central Fire Service Area.

It is 40,000 square feet and contains a Fire Station, a Training Complex, a Training Tower and…a MUSEUM and Educational Center with a restored fire truck as the centerpiece. 

The MSB isn’t saying much about this new fancy station, but someone who toured it a few months ago told me that it was amazing. Apparently, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at some point soon.

In late May, I sent an email to the MSB asking when there was going to be a Grand Opening event and MSB Director Ken Barkley wrote back to me and said it would happen fairly soon. Then he explained that the MSB did “get permission” from the contractor to use it for one day to hold MatSu Central Fire Chief James Steele’s retirement party there.  Hmm…so apparently, a bunch of MSB staffers and board members got a tour & sneak peek of the facility at this party which was not advertised to the public.

UPDATE: the Grand Opening event is September 14th at 11 a.m.  A photo was posted by MatSu Central FSA today on their FB page:

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This item is on the agenda of this week’s MSB Assembly meeting – extending the contract to F-E construction:

Station 6-2 aStation 6-2 b

NOTE: The MSB already spent over $700K for the Design –



Here are excerpts from the “Design Narrative” which describe this Fire Station in detail:

6-2 a6-2 b6-2 c6-2 d6-2 e6-2 f6-2 g6-2 h6-2 i6-2 j6-2 k6-2 l

COST COMPARISON – Here is the total cost for Station 7-3 which was recently completed and was the biggest new MSB fire station to date: $10.2 million.

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