southern part of the city. Unfortunately in 1962, halfway through his term as mayor, Crusinberry died of a heart attack. During the 1960s and 1970s, things were not only turbulent in the country but were also in the fire department. There were wage disputes and “sick out” campaigns where department staffing was at bare minimum. Eventually the wage issues were settled and progress began again. Two new fire stations were opened. One station at 41st Street and Marion Road and the other at Tenth Street and Chicago Avenue. A large young group of firefighters was hired to help with the demands of staffing the new stations. The VL Crusinberry Regional Training Center was built in the late 1970s. Through the years this facility has grown and expanded to include confined space training, natural gas, trees, an actual house constructed by prison inmates, and many other necessary training tools. Today, this center not only trains firefighters for Sioux Falls but also for the Air National Guard. Training classes are held often for other agencies such as police and volunteer fire departments from the area. During the mid-1980s, the South Dakota Air National Guard assumed fire protection responsibilities for the airport. The firefighters who had worked at the airport fire station were relocated to the Central Fire Station, and another truck company was added to respond to calls south of Ninth Street. This realignment relieved the other engine company of some of their calls in the busy downtown area. Other station realignments followed included closing the stations located at Oak Street and West Avenue, (Station 3) and the station at 26th Street and Cliff Avenue (Station 4) and combined into one building at 37th Street and Minnesota Avenue, forming the new Station 3. Fire Prevention, as well as the Fire Chief’s office was moved to this location in 1989. In 2010, Fire Prevention was relocated to City Hall. In the 1980s, several new stations were constructed. Station 8 at Madison Street and Kiwanis Avenue, Station 7 at 1100 East Benson Road, Station 2 at Tenth Street and Sycamore Avenue, and Station 9 at 49th Street and Southeastern Avenue. The Tenth Street and Chicago Avenue station was closed with the opening of the station at Tenth Street and Sycamore Avenue. Included with the fire station on Benson Road was a maintenance shop for the department’s mechanics. There were two mechanics employed with the department by the early 1990s. Fire Station 4 at 3100 East 69th Street opened in 2003 and Station 10 at 320 South Whitewood Circle opened in 2006. In 2009, Station 5 was built at the site of old Station 2 at Tenth Street and Chicago Avenue. Station 5 was built to improve response times in that area of the city. Station 11, located at 2333 N Valley View Road, opened in April of 2015.