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May 08, 2014
Tallahassee Fire Department to Celebrate Groundbreaking of Newest Station - Every second counts during an emergency, and the Tallahassee Fire Department (TFD) is hoping to gain 300 extra seconds when responding to fire and emergency medical situations in eastern Tallahassee. To achieve this goal, TFD will soon break ground on its newest fire station in 14 years, Fire Station 16. The new station will be located next to the Public Safety Complex. When complete, it will help reduce emergency wait times by up to five minutes in areas like Buck Lake, east of Capital Circle NE.
To celebrate the start of construction, TFD is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 15, at noon. The ceremony will take place at the Public Safety Complex, located at 911 Easterwood Drive, and will feature elected and appointed City officials and children from Buck Lake Elementary School. Parking for the event will be available nearby at the American Red Cross building at 1115 Easterwood Drive. The public is invited to attend.
"Investing in public safety is one of the City of Tallahassee's highest priorities," said John Gatlin, interim Fire Chief. "Once complete, Fire Station 16 will help strengthen critical emergency services to our residents in an area that has seen tremendous growth over the past few years."
The new fire station, which is set to be completed in 2015, will be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building. LEED is a green building certification program that nationally recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Buildings that are LEED certified are at the top of their game in terms of energy efficiency. In addition to being LEED certified, Fire Station 16 will feature all the newest applications of modern technology, including an advanced door system that will allow fire trucks to exit the station more quickly. Conceptual drawings of the new facility will be on display at the groundbreaking event.
For more information about the Tallahassee Fire Department, please visit Talgov.com/Fire. You can also stay up-to-date with the department by liking its Facebook page or following @COTFire on Twitter.
Mike Bellamy, Tallahassee Fire Department, 606-6600; or Heather Teter, Communications Department, 891-8533