Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Summerville Fire Departmentís new approximately $1.2 million station became operational Feb. 20.
Fire department staff moved furniture, electronics and gear into the new station, which is modeled after Station 4 on Sheeps Island Rd. ďThis station will cut our response time in half,Ē said Summerville Fire Chief Richard Waring.
The station will cover a number of subdivisions and neighborhoods including White Gables, Pine Forest, Summerville Estates, Corey Woods, Corey Gardens, Gadson Acres, Waring Hall and Treehaven. Its district begins around Simmons Ave. and includes the Knightsville Piggly Wiggly.
Shift captains at the new station will be Captains George Ploth, Billy Penn and Brent Melcher.
The station will house one engine and four personnel per shift. It will also be the new home for Big Bertha, the departmentís antique engine that is used in parades and other events.
The station, at 101 W. Butternut, also has the second of two training rooms for the fire district.
Summervilleís communications tech Rob Christie was busy mounting the radio transmitters on the stationís new tower Thursday. In the meantime handhelds were responsible for transmissions.
A grand opening ceremony will be announced.