Firefighters move into Fire Station No. 3

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 23, 2008

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Everything is new. The floors shine. The lockers &8212; the ones that aren&8217;t empty &8212; are neat and organized. The kitchen is spotless. And the firefighters are as happy as a child at Christmas.

The city&8217;s firefighters are understandably proud of their new fire station. It&8217;s the third in the city, but it&8217;s certainly No. 1 in terms of amenities and usability. Firefighters officially moved in Monday, and they were appreciative of the new facility.

Rome, who has been on the Demopolis force for 25 years, said the station will cut response times by as much as 50 percent to areas like French Creek.

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Other firefighters agree that this station is head-and-shoulders above the other firefighting facilities in Demopolis.

With four separate bedrooms, two private bathrooms, one public restroom a full kitchen and a bay that can hold another fire truck, Fire Station No. 3 certainly seems to fill the needs of the firefighters and the public.

The firefighters at station No. 3 even had their first call Monday morning. While the other stations were doing an annual ladder check, firefighters from the newest station responded to a call for a &8220;hazard on the highway,&8221; where they had to clean debris left by a passing 18-wheeler.

And yet another reason to like Fire Station No. 3 was voiced by Aaron Allred, twin brother to Matt.

The city holds a grand opening ceremony for the fire station July 3 at 2 p.m.