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Groundbreaking held for new East Lake Fire Station

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Source: Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department Source: Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department
Source: Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department Source: Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Chattanooga city officials kicked off construction for a new fire station in East Lake at 3250 8th Avenue Thursday morning.

The old Station 9 was constructed in 1929 and is located at 3701 6th Avenue. On Thursday ground was broken for a brand new, larger Station 9 that will be energy efficient.

Mayor Andy Berke was in attendance and said building the new modern fire station will make the East Lake community safer.

Joining in on the groundbreaking were city council members Larry Grohn, Yusuf Hakeem, Jerry Mitchell and Ken Smith as well as state representative Vince Dean.

Representatives of the Artech Design Group who drew up the plans for the new station, and East Lake community residents were also in attendance to witness the groundbreaking for the new Station 9.

One of the upgraded features of the new fire station will be low maintenance floor along with a fully sprinklered building. The fire pole feature sculpture will display the original fire pole from the original Station 9.

The new fire station will be generator powered by natural gas so the station can remain operational during power outages or natural disasters.

Staffing will stay the same with 15 firefighters, with 5 working each of the 3 shifts.

The project is expected to cost around $1.3 million and will take roughly 180 days to complete.

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