Provided by Lesa Jones, Operations Communications Officer, City of Broken Arrow
The City of Broken Arrow will officially open a new Fire Station #7 with an unusual ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. The new station is located on the southeast corner of Washington Street and 1st Place, just south of Arrowhead Park, at 201 E. Washington St.
This new Station #7 replaces the 50-year-old Fire Station #7 currently located on South Elm Place and Edgewater Street.
Fire station dedications typically use a Fire Hose Ceremony with coupled firehoses. By separating the hoses, it's their way of cutting the ribbon. Mayor Debra Wimpee, members of the City Council, Fire Chief Jeremy Moore, City Manager Michael Spurgeon, and other City leaders will be on-hand for the event.
The new station is more than 12,000 square feet and includes:
- Eight modern semi-private bunk rooms
- Four large bays to accommodate modern equipment
- Two Captain's bunks and offices
- A battalion Chief Bunk and office
- A commons area
- Physical fitness space
- A public restroom
The location is consistent with the City's research which indicated the best areas for ideal response times for assisting citizens.
“A strong commitment to public safety and a great quality of life go hand-in-hand,” City Manager Michael Spurgeon said. “This new state-of-the-art replacement station will help our fire department better serve the citizens and businesses in Broken Arrow. I appreciate the time and efforts the Fire Administration, Architect and Engineering staff put into designing such an awesome facility for our community.”
BAFD Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel recently moved into the facility and are already enjoying their new accommodations.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to our City Council, the City Manager, and our Citizens for providing the funding and support to open this state-of-the-art facility,” Broken Arrow Fire Chief Jeremy Moore said. “New Fire Station #7 will have twice as many apparatus bays and four times the living space as its predecessor.”
Moore says it’s not just about the additional space, but the new station is also outfitted with modern-day equipment and safety and comfort features to ensure our most valuable resource, our firefighters, are taken care of extremely well.
“As I look at where we’ve come, I am elated, but when I think about where we’re going, I am absolutely energized,” he said.
For more information, contact Lesa Jones Operations Communications Officer, City of Broken Arrow; office (918) 259-2400 Ext. 5436.
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