|Grand Opening for Huntsville Fire & Rescue Fire Station 7
(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
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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