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From the Desk of Mayor Cheri Barry
Apr 8, 2013 - Apr 11, 2013 See Schedule
Fire Station #9 Opens to Serve the Newly Annexed Area
Mayor Cheri Barry and the Meridian City Council open Fire Station #9 at 245 Briarwood Road. The completion of the fire station is on time and in budget.
Fire Station #9 will serve the newly annexed area. The fire station will provide a class 4 fire rating and the service that goes with it. There will be three firefighters on site twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Prior to annexation the area received a class 8 insurance rate and this new station will make whole the commitment to provide the best service available and lower fire insurance rates.
Mayor Barry said, "Building Fire Station #9 provides the Meridian Fire Department with a permanent structure and presence in the newly annexed area. Every fire coverage area in the city deserves a permanent fire station. That is what the citizens were promised, and that is what we delivered."
LPK Architects was selected by a five-member committee to design the fire station and manage the project. The committee reviewed several proposals and interviewed the top bids. The committee decision was unanimous. LPK Architects and Creel Development did an outstanding job on Fire Station #9.
Mayor Barry continued, "We want to thank our partners with Northeast Volunteer Fire and Rescue who worked hand-in-hand with us since January 1, 2012. On that day, they allowed Meridian Fire Department to utilize space in their Briarwood Road station and immediately provided faster response time and lower insurance costs to some residents."
The engine room area has over 10" of concrete in the slab and the living quarters has stained concrete to enhance the functionality and appearance of the fire station. The reinforced slab will handle any fire apparatus in the Meridian Fire Department's fleet. The stained concrete floor, as well as stainless steel counter tops and appliances, make maintenance easy and affordable. This fire station should serve the newly annexed area and its citizens for decades to come.
Mayor Barry concluded, "We are grateful for our partners on the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors who help with paving the roads around the fire station. We must also thank our city public works employees and county road crews who were instrumental in site preparation. This is truly a partnership and an example of how successful we can be when we all work together."
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