TFD Breaks Ground on a New Fire Station
May 15, 2014
Instead of breaking down doors, Tallahassee firefighters suited up today to break ground. With shovels in hand and a strong grip, firefighters, alongside City officials, broke ground on the newest station for the Tallahassee Fire Department (TFD). The new station, Fire Station 16, will be situated next to the Public Safety Complex, located at 911 Easterwood Dr. The three-story station, which is set to be completed in 2015, will be the newest station in 14 years.
"The most important responsibility of any local government is to protect its citizens," said Mayor John Marks. "That is why we are committed to ensuring our police, fire and emergency service providers have the tools and resources needed to save lives in our community."
Designs for the new station call for a footprint of over 11,500 square feet. Local contractor RAM Construction and Development has been slated to construct the $2.9 million building.
Once complete, the station will feature a three-story fire pole and private rooms for each firefighter on duty. Additionally, the station will be able to withstand winds of a Category 3 hurricane and will feature an advanced door system that will allow fire trucks to exit the station more quickly. The station will be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building, recognizing its best-in-class green building strategies and practices.
Residents living within a five mile response radius of the new station may qualify for lower homeowner insurance rates. This radius may include residents living in the Buck Lake area.
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 Alison Faris, Communications Department, 891-8533