Above, a photo of the new Station 49.
By John B. Molenda, Assistant Fire Chief
The City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has opened two new fire stations. On Thursday, October 7, 2010, Station 49, located at 1015 Seabreeze Blvd., had its ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony. On Friday, October 8, 2010, Fire Station 3 also celebrated its ribbon cutting grand opening at 2801 SW 4th Ave. These state-of-the art buildings were built as part of a voter-approved construction program.
Fire Station 49 will serve the barrier island south of Sunrise Boulevard, Las Olas Isles, and portions of the southeast part of the city including Harbordale, Rio Vista, and Lauderdale Harbours. Station 49 houses the Marine Rescue Team, five specially trained members of the Fire Department who respond to various dive rescue and shipboard firefighting
incidents throughout the region. Station 49 houses an Engine, Rescue, and Fireboat.
Fire Station 3 will serve the southwest portion of the city west of Federal Highway and south of Davie Boulevard to the southern city limits bordering the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Also served will be small areas west of Interstate 95 and south of the New River as well as portions of Rio Vista and Harbordale. The Station houses an Engine and Rescue.
The two new stations are part of a $40 million fire-rescue infrastructure project aimed at cutting response times and improving public safety. Funded by a voter-approved bond issue, the project represents the largest capital improvement program ever undertaken by the Fire Department. Fire Station 49 with a cost of $4 million was about $550,000 under budget. Fire Station 3 cost $3.7 million, about $890,000 under budget.
Four more firehouses are slated for renovation, or reconstruction in the next few years. These modern firehouses offer improved efficiency, community rooms, training
sites, and many other positive aspects to the firefighters and to the citizens, which it serves.