Jacksonville Fire Department: New Fire Station includes Phoenix G2 Station Alerting SystemSeptember 20, 2013 in News & Updates
An empty field soon will be the city’s newest fire station.
Members of Jacksonville’s Department of Public Safety, City Council, city officials and other community members gathered Thursday afternoon on the site for a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for Fire Station 2, which is on a nine-month time line, according to Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero, director of Public Safety.
Yaniero said the new 10,219-square-foot station will offer more bay space for the fire trucks and features that will allow the trucks to get out of the station more quickly to respond to emergencies. The station will also offer more space for equipment, as well as the firefighters themselves.
Deputy Fire Chief Spencer Lee of the JFD said the firefighters are excited about the station because it will provide a much better living situation than the current Fire Station 2 on Barn Street, which the new facility will replace.
“The station is a home away from home for our firefighters,” Lee said. The current station, dedicated in 1963, has one room and one bathroom for all the firefighters to sleep in, and officials say it is poorly situated within the city to respond to an emergency. The new station, located on Gum Branch Road between Sandy and Indian drives, was chosen partially for its access to a main thoroughfare.
The new facility is designed by Stewart Cooper Newell Architects of Gastonia. Jim Stumbo, one of the owners with Stewart Cooper Newell, said the Station Alerting System will be one of the most exciting features of the building. He said the system will combine the building’s lights with the communication system to alert firefighters to emergencies.
Stumbo also said the bay area has been designed to catch the trucks’ exhaust and keep the station safe and clean. J.C. Nichols, also with Stewart Cooper Newell, said the exterior of the building was designed to tie in with the architecture of downtown Jacksonville and other city buildings.