Gulf Shores Gets New Fire House

Gulf Shores Gets New Fire House

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Gulf Shores Fire and Rescue is celebrating some new digs.  It took a couple of years to build but fire station number one is finished and fire officials say, it was worth the wait.

"We've been waiting to come into this building for two years," says assistant fire chief Keith Martin as he walks through the new station.  Firefighters are proud of their new home away from home.  "We've been in it now approximately four weeks."

At 18 thousand square feet it is double the size of the old fire station.

"By having 6 drive through bays you have 12 bays. Everything is butted in." 

After operating out of cramped quarters for two years having a nice big fire station is kind of nice. "Exciting to say the least."

With all new top of the line everything in the new fire station the one thing you won't see is a fire pole.  The reason, all the living quarters are on the first floor.  But there is an elevator.

"It's two stories. We have it divided up into sections. You have the business side, you have the fire departments relax side or the sleeping side.  Upstairs there are two more sides. One side is for storage and the other is the training facility," says Martin.

At a cost of 2 million dollars it is state of the art everything. For the people who work here and protect life and property in Gulf Shores, it's worth every penny.

The fire station is built to withstand 140 mile per hour winds and it can be the "command center" on the front line when the next disaster strikes.

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