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Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -
CEDAR RAPIDS (( FOX 28 / CBS2 ))
City leaders call it another huge step in the long recovery of Cedar Rapids following the 2008 flood. After more than 5 years the city finally has its fire administrators, communications, offices and some of the most advanced firefighting equipment in the state all under one roof.
Mayor Ron Corbett and Fire Chief Mark English officially opened the new Central Fire Station with a traditional uncoupling of the hose. The two twisted the connector on the fire hose and as the two pieces parted, hundreds of people applauded.
The new station is a classic, from its doors to its design it depicts an old style firehouse. But it is also high tech. Built for nearly 20 million dollars it covers an entire city block along First Avenue S.E. and it is above the flood plain. Chief English says its an important milestone for the city.
I want to reemphasize what the mayor and city manager said .. this building was built without issuing any debt. Its all Fema and I-Jobs money.
For five hours Tuesday afternoon and evening hundreds of people move through the line to take the tour, capture the moment on their cameras and see their heroes. No fire poles here, or Dalmations, but youngsters loved the big red fire engines and it was one more chance for four year old Everett to remind his mom Amy what he has planned. Everett talks about being a firefighter all the time and i thoughnt it was really neat that he got up there and said he was gonna be one of those guys so yea this is really fun we've been looking forward to it for a while.
Those taking the tour saw a mix of high tech and history, from the latest haz-mat attack team to the steamer used to fight the 1905 fire that nearly burned Quaker Oats to the ground.
Chief English says this is exactly what fire crews hoped for, something to make everyone proud in a new Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station.
" We specifically wanted this from the beginning for people to look at this building and say two things .. one that's a nice building and two -- that's a fire station. "