(WKRG, MOBILE, ALABAMA)
Heavy machines take a heavy toll on a fire station that’s seen a lot of action and sixty years of change.
“When this building was constructed and chosen this was the outskirts of town this was a two lane road you didn’t have traffic like this,” said Assistant Fire Chief William Pappas. William Carmichael came by to watch some of the destruction and remember his dad who used to work there.
“When I knew he came out of the truck, when the sirens came on I knew that was my daddy fixing to come down the road,” said Carmichael. City officials say tearing down this old fire station is just one step in the larger process of changing the fire department in Mobile. City officials had talked about tearing this place down since sandy Stimpson came into office. The building was kept on life support for a long time.
“They invested about 250 thousand dollars over a ten year period to get rid of some of the mold, enough, it’s time to shut this fire station down and build a new one,” said Public Safety Director Richard Landolt. The next step is to build a new fire station a process that’s taken two years, the city just bought land for the new location.
“The footprint of the new station wouldn’t fit on this site, and i like to say city government moves faster this situation it’s taken a long time to get here,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.