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September 14, 2005

Hahira - It's out with the old, and in with the new for the Hahira Fire Department. "It really improves our operational readiness for the community," said Fire Chief Dwight Bennett.

Firefighters are now working out of a brand new fire station. It's more than triple the size of the old facility, and will help raise the level of fire protection in the city even higher. "This structure here is 3,965 square feet," said Bennett. "All our equipment is at one place and its centrally located within the city."

The fire department bought their newest truck about a year ago, but because its so big, they had to rent a building across town to park it in. Now at the new fire station, they can house all their trucks and equipment under one roof. "It will be better for our response times, plus our capability once we get on a scene," said Bennett.

The trucks that were kept at the old fire station had to be broken down to fit, but not anymore. "We took a lot of valuable equipment off and placed it inside the compartments on the truck," said Bennett. "With the size of the station we have, we can have all the equipment on the truck and respond at a moment's notice."

The new station isn't just large enough to accommodate the fire department's current needs. There's plenty of room to expand and possibly add their own living quarters. "We'd like to have a kitchen area, a bathroom, classroom, office and a staircase up to a sleeping area," said Bennett.

It's all part of the city's promise to ensure its residents' safety, and give them the highest quality of fire protection.

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