Public Gets First Look Inside New Palm Bay Fire Station
By Space Coast Daily // October 20, 2012
Ribbon Cutting Set For Saturday Morning
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Ribbon cutting for the Palm Bay Fire Station 1 on Port Malabar Boulevard will be conducted Saturday and the event offers the public a first look inside the new facility.
Palm Bay’s mayor, members of the city council, city manager, fire chief and firefighters will host an open house at the new fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Official ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with several guest speakers and the ribbon cutting is scheduled for about 10:25 a.m. Immediately following the ribbon cutting the new fire station will be open for tours and refreshments will be provided.
Construction of the new station began in February by Certified General Contractors. The $1.9 million facility was funded through a 2007 bond designated for capital improvements.
It replaces the old station which was built more than 50 years ago and was not designed to support the staff and equipment to meet current demands.
“This new station in this new location will improve our efficiency, allowing us to deliver better service to our citizens,” said Palm Bay Fire Chief Jim Stables. “We are very proud of all that it offers the citizens we serve and encourage them to come out and take a look around.”
Last year, Fire Station 1 personnel responded to 4,201 calls for service which represents about 35 percent of the total calls for fire-rescue service citywide. The station and its personnel is one of five serving more than 107,000 residents of the city.
Its daily staffing includes 14 personnel comprised of a district chief, one captain, two lieutenants, two driver-engineers, six firefighters, one floating lieutenant and one floating driver-engineer. The station is equipped with one engine, one ladder truck, one brush truck, one safety vehicle, one district chief vehicle and one “backup” engine when operational.
The new Palm Bay Fire Station 1 is at 1201 Port Malabar Blvd. NE in Palm Bay.