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Huntsville Breaks Ground on Fire Station 6 New Drake Avenue Location

City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2103

(Huntsville, AL) The City of Huntsville held a groundbreaking ceremony today to begin work on a new $2.1 million Fire Station at 2810 Drake Avenue. The new facility will replace Fire Station No. 6, housed in an aging facility on old Airport property near John Hunt Park. The City of Huntsville is selling the Airport Road site to help fund renovations to John Hunt Park.

"The relocation of this Fire Station is a win-win for everyone," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "Huntsville Fire and Rescue will have a much needed facility upgrade, and we can begin the process of transforming the 378 acre property at the old airport into a recreational hotspot."

Huntsville Fire & Rescue Chief Howard "Mac" McFarlen says his department is focused on public safety facility and coverage improvements throughout the city. "The current building for Fire Station No. 6 is more than 52 years old, and we have been working on relocation for some time," said Chief McFarlen. "The new site fits well into our public safety master plan, and we are pleased to see construction under way.

Fire Station No. 6 houses nine emergency response personnel, per shift, to staff Engine Company 6, Ladder Company 6, and a rescue truck. The two-company station responded to 2,189 calls for service in the past fiscal year.

The new Fire Station No. 6 will be located on a 2.1 acre lot on Drake Avenue at the entrance to the Huntsville City School's Center for Technology. The 7,626 square foot, single story building will include three apparatus bays and living quarters. The project is budgeted at $2.1 million.

The project is being led by William Bell in Huntsville's General Services Department. The project team includes: Architect Robert Van Peursem, SKT Architects, P.C.; Civil Engineer Charles Wilkins, G.W. Jones & Sons; Landscape Architect Chad Bostick, Bostick Landscape Architects; Structural Engineer Johnathan Powell, PEC Structural Engineering; Mechanical / Plumbing, Kevin Mims, Mims Engineering; Electrical Engineer, Jay Morgan, Jack R. Morgan Engineering; Geotechnical Engineer, Nasser Amiri, Amiri Engineering, and General Contractor, Pearce Construction Company.

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For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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