The problem here is that the city has an obligation to build a new fire station, and the current site does not meet current requirements.
The city already owns the land it proposes to build the station on and it hasn't been designated, nor maintained as, a park in years.
I think the best possible answer here is for the residents who don't want the new station in "their backyard" to help the city find another location for the station. This may involve a donation of land by an owner, purchasing land from someone, or perhaps a land-swap (swapping the current location for another piece of property in the area). Can you say, "Fundraisers?" I knew you could!
Simply crossing your arms and saying "not here" is no solution, and the city's requirement to build the new station isn't going away.
By the way, I grew up in a neighborhood where when the roll-up doors on the fire station went up at 0200, we all heard them. Back then nobody complained about the fire station, in fact most residents embraced the station as part of what gave our neighborhood charm. Firemen were always cleaning something, or playing half-court basketball, or hanging out on the front bumper of the engines. We kids loved the fire station. My dad bought a scanner when I was 5 so we could hear what the calls were when the engines rolled out.
I think if the city does go ahead and build the station in the vacant lot, and hopefully a pocket park alongside it, the residents will come to embrace the station just like my old neighborhood did. Firefighters generally make good neighbors, and I think the residents there will see that after a time.
Actually, the city doesn't have an "obligation" to build a new station. They could simply close the existing station, relocate or disband the company quartered there, and let the neighborhood residents get their wish for no noise and no distraction.
It's not smart, but they could do it.
OK, Master hair-splitter: The requirement to provide fire protection to that part of the city remains.
You're right they could abandon the neighborhood by relocating the station to another part of town or disbanding the company altogether.
Enjoy your morning.