HOSE UNCOUPLING TRADITION OPENS NEW FIRE STATIONS

October 31, 2008

(Western Broward County, FL) – Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti (left) and Mayor Lois Wexler (center) uncouple a fire hose to signify the opening of Regional Fire Station #106 on I-75 (Alligator Alley) Thursday morning. Chief of Department Joseph R. Lello (at right), explained the role of this tradition in the fire service. The new station is a $5.1 million, 7,142 square foot facility with two bays that house an Advanced Life Support (ALS) engine, ALS rescue, brush truck, rescue airboat and Jonboat. Five firefighter/paramedics specially trained in wilderness search and rescue staff this station. Sheriff Lamberti said, “This is a milestone in BSO’s history and symbolic of the commitment in providing regional fire-rescue services to the residents and visitors to all of Broward County.”

Thursday’s ceremony also commemorated the opening of two other Regional Service Fire Stations that include: an Airport/Seaport and Technical Rescue station, Hazardous Materials station and a 23,000 square foot Regional Logistics warehouse, all strategically located near Ft. Lauderdale. A fourth new fire station that will serve Pembroke Park and West Park is under construction, with move in expected in January.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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