RICHMOND (WRIC) – Mayor Jones addressed the Fire Department at a dedication ceremony for the grand-reopening of one of Richmond's oldest fire stations.
Fire Station 13 was built in 1967, and those who lived there before this say it looks nothing like the old station.
The $1.5 million project took about six months to complete and fire officials say it was worth the wait.
The renovation project completely gutted the building and added all new utilities and appliances.
Fire Chief Robert Creecy lived in the old station for almost a decade.
"This is my home away from home," he says. "And all of the problems and all of the challenges that we faced those years, we've tried to address in this renovation."
That includes moving the new living quarters---dorms, living room and kitchen--all on the same side of the garage.
"We paid particular attention to the dormitory sleeping space and the bathrooms to accommodate a dual-gender workforce that we didn't have when the station was built," Creecy says.
They also added 4,000 square feet so crews can have individual bunk rooms.
The project is part of the commitment to modernize all 25 Richmond fire stations.
"We hope that when we make these capital investments, it allows you to know that we do not take what you do lightly, and we appreciate your willingness to go into harm's way to make sure that we're safe every day," Mayor Jones said.
"This is very important to me," Creecy says. "But I think it's even more important for the men and women who have worked here and those who will continue to work here."
Creecy says he wants to come up with a master plan for the next 15 to 20 years to see what other stations need renovations or need to be rebuilt altogether.
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