Home, Sweet Home for firefighters

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By The Staff

There are certainly no turkeys in this operation. There’s no pole from the second floor, either.

The firefighters of Friendship Station 21 moved into their new digs last week. A crowd of area residents came out to celebrate in the boiling August heat as a short dedication ceremony was held.

The station is a newly constructed relocation of the facility that was directly on State Road 200, and the old station, at least part of it, was once a turkey processing plant.

This one is more like prime rib and salad.

It’s a beautiful facility with a lot of “green” features, one of the selling points in this era of people being environmentally conscious.

It has a dorm for the career employees’ overnight stays, a workout area, offices for the volunteers, a meeting area and a community room, among other things.

It’s all on one floor, so those of us who have seen second-floor dorms and the pole to slide down to get to the trucks were disappointed. You’ll see that elsewhere in the area and, of course, in the movies.

The station is on Southwest 90th Street, just a block off State Road 200, and has easy access to that four-lane highway plus Southwest 80th Avenue, as well as easy access in and out of the station, which is not on a heavily traveled road. In fact, the right lane of eastbound traffic on the four-lane road was closed for parking … and no one seemed affected by it.

This station is just another sign of the continued growth of the Corridor and the need for the services provided by the dedicated people who work in these facilities.

Everyone out this way should be grateful to the county for trying to improve fire/rescue work in our area. But we also know that there is a continuing need for more improvements in other fields.

We hope this trend toward making things better out this way continues.