Palm Bay Fire Rescue to Cut Ribbon on New Station 5 on December 18, Public Invited to Attend

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Station 5 will serve as an operations base for services in southeast Palm Bay

Palm Bay Fire Rescue will hold a ribbon-cutting event on December 18 to mark the official opening of Station 5, located at 1525 Foundation Park Drive SE. (Palm Bay Fire image)

Reintroduction of Fire Station 5 brings Palm Bay to a total of six stations, providing additional coverage and enhanced response times across the city’s 88-square miles

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Fire Rescue will hold a ribbon-cutting event on December 18 to mark the official opening of Station 5, located at 1525 Foundation Park Drive SE.

The festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the event is open to the public – attendees are encouraged to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

The new Fire Station 5 facility serves as a replacement for the modular station located at 37 San Filippo Drive SE that opened in 1998.

The reintroduction of Fire Station 5 brings Palm Bay to a total of six stations, providing additional coverage and enhanced response times across the city’s 88-square miles.

Firefighters operating out of Station 5 will provide lifesaving and fire rescue services to southeast Palm Bay and the I-95 corridor at Malabar Road.

Station 5 will also function as the official fire training grounds for Palm Bay Fire Rescue, which will allow the department to conduct more frequent training on a wide variety of skills while saving the City more than $10,000 a year in training facility rental fees.

Firefighters operating out of Station 5 will provide lifesaving and fire rescue services to southeast Palm Bay and the I-95 corridor at Malabar Road. (Palm Bay Fire image)

The 3-acre parcel also provides space for expansion to accommodate future training needs.

The acquisition and construction of Fire Station 5 was funded through a combination of City general fund dollars, fire impact fees, and Community Development Block Grant funding.

In early 2019, the City’s Community Development Advisory Board made a recommendation to City Council to award $780,299 in CDBG funding for the acquisition of the property and existing 6,400 square-foot building for Fire Station 5.

CDBG funding was also awarded to acquire apparatuses and equipment for use by Station 5 firefighters, to include $473,715.89 for Fire Engine 5 and related equipment, $280,149.44 for Water Tender 5, and related equipment, and $8,155.53 for the purchase of lifesaving equipment.

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