The Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department is set to open a new fire station this Friday. Fire Station No. 3, Bldg. 2375, is on Oklahoma Avenue, and according to Fort Leonard Wood Fire Chief Brad Bowling, the new station will help firefighters meet certain time and distance response standards in the eastern parts of the cantonment area. “We have to be able to have trucks on scene within 7 minutes,” he said. “This new station takes our forces and geographically positions us to where we can do that.” Bowling said the 17,000-square-foot building will house one fire engine moved over from Fire Station No. 1 on the west side of the cantonment area and five firefighters: four on shift at any time and one rotated out for days off — firefighters typically spend 24 hours on duty and then have 24 hours off. In addition, the new station has been designed with offices and classrooms for headquarters leadership, training, and inspection staff.