Hoeven Celebrates Minot Fire Station Grand Opening; Senator Helped Secure $3.2 Million for Construction of the $3.4 Million Facility

Hoeven Working as DHS Appropriations Chair to Support Community Safety, Emergency Responders

MINOT, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today joined local leaders and residents to celebrate the grand opening of Minot’s $3.4 million fire station at 55th Street. The new facility was funded in large part by $3.2 million in disaster recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR) funds, part of a measure introduced by the senator and authorized by Congress in 2011 as part of a consolidated appropriations bill. Hoeven authored the legislation and secured its passage through his roles both on the Senate Appropriations Committee and on the conference committee that negotiated the final version of the funding bill.

The 10,000 square-foot facility is staffed by twelve department members, with four on each shift, and is equipped to handle incidents involving hazardous materials due to the nearby industrial development. The station, in addition to recently revised response areas, will help the Minot Fire Department in meeting its new 4-minute goal for response time. During the open house, Hoeven also joined the community in thanking Chief CJ Craven for his service to Minot, congratulating him on his retirement and welcoming the city’s new fire chief, Kelli Flermoen.

“This fire station and other new infrastructure are not just signs of Minot’s recovery and resilience, but they serve as important investments in the city’s long-term vitality,” said Hoeven. “We worked hard to secure the federal share for this and the many projects that have aided the city’s recovery and its comprehensive flood protection efforts. Further, we continue to support our emergency responders’ vital work by helping to ensure they have the facilities, training and equipment they need to keep their communities safe, protecting our state’s families as well as their homes and businesses.”

As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, Hoeven oversees funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies at the Department of Homeland Security. Through this position, he works to secure support in annual appropriations bills for programs, such as the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, that help local governments to prepare for disasters and empower emergency responders to protect their communities.