TEMPORARY SOUTHWEST LAKELAND FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPENS
WHO: Lakeland Fire Department
WHAT: Unveiling of new Fire Engine 71 at the Temporary Southwest Lakeland Fire Station located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
WHY: To provide fire and rescue service to Southwest Lakeland residents and businesses
WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: In front of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal at 3900 Don Emerson Drive
LAKELAND, FL (June 7, 2013) – The Lakeland Fire Department will officially open the temporary fire facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Monday, June 10th at 9 a.m. with an unveiling of the new Fire Engine 71. The temporary station will house Engine 71 and the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) unit that is dedicated to public safety inside airport property. The temporary station will house six personnel on a 24-hour rotation with four dedicated to Engine 71 and two dedicated to the ARFF unit.
Engine 71 will be dedicated to serving residents and business in the Southwest Lakeland area. The unit was delivered to the Lakeland Fire Department in early May and then it was outfitted with equipment to get ready for service. Engine 71 was built in Appleton, Wisconsin by Pierce Manufacturing, a global leader in custom fire trucks and fire apparatus. The unit is equipped with a 55’ sky boom to assist in elevated aerial firefighting and it will be staffed with at least one paramedic for rescue response.
The permanent Fire Station 7 is estimated to be completed summer 2014. Once the facility is built it will house an additional fire fighting apparatus and 10 personnel on a 24-hour rotation. Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Our design team is preparing the bid documents for Station 7 and we expect those packets to be ready later this summer. We hope to break ground for the new facility by early fall of this year.” He added, “We are very eager to start providing much needed service to the citizens in Southwest Lakeland and our temporary station will do that until we get our permanent facility built.”