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Grand Opening for Huntsville Fire & Rescue Fire Station 7


City of Huntsville (HUNTSVILLE, AL) Huntsville Fire & Rescue will hold a Grand Opening for Fire Station 7 on September 1, 10 a.m., 2920 Green Cove Road.

The 7,800 square foot building includes a commercial kitchen, four double occupancy firefighter bedrooms, two captain's bedrooms and offices, day room, dining room, laundry room, turnout room and three fire truck bays. The building cost about $2 million, and came in under budget. The new station replaces the old Fire Station 7 at 11524 South Memorial Parkway. Twelve firefighters are assigned to the station in three shifts of four firefighters.

Chief Michael Sublett says his goal was to replace an aging facility and to provide better coverage. "Huntsville Fire & Rescue tries to maintain a coverage area no further than five road miles," said Sublett. "This new location on Green Cove Road is close to Farley Elementary School, and it puts us in a better position to accommodate growth that is occurring in South Huntsville."

Chief Sublett says new safety requirements for fire trucks and equipment has increased the size of vehicles in recent years. New health and safety practices also require stations to have specific rooms to store equipment along with gym space for firefighters to stay fit and ready for action. The result is that the fire stations built 20 and 30 years ago are no longer large enough to handle the bigger size trucks or to accommodate the specialty rooms needed to meet new standards.

"My administration has worked with Chief Sublett to center our fire and emergency response teams together as part of an overarching goal to improve public safety in the city," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "We are extremely pleased with the results and look forward to the new Fire Station 7 serving South Huntsville."

Contractors on the project included McDonald Brothers on the site work and pad, and Virgil Berry Construction on the building.

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