Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Chief Jim McSwain is
requesting $3.6 million to build a fire station at 21st and Iowa
streets. He told the City Commission on Tuesday -- during the
second day of city budget hearings -- that a long-delayed fifth
fire station for Lawrence was becoming a critical need. Above,
Lawrence firefighters Eric Lessig, left, and Justin Temple test a
hydrant as part of routine maintenance Tuesday afternoon.