Gallatin’s new $2.6 million fire station is now open and providing improved coverage for a fast-growing area of the city.

The station, located at the corner of Clear Lake Meadows Boulevard and Nichols Lane, began answering calls for service at 7 a.m. Friday, June 7, according to Fire Chief Victor Williams.

“This station is vitally important because our community is expanding,” Williams said. “It gives us the ability to better serve this part of our city with much faster response times because we’re more localized here instead of having to come from downtown.”

The approximately 11,700-square-foot facility includes two engine bays as well as a dedicated ambulance bay, meeting room and staff of eight firefighters, according to Williams.

It is also home to the department’s new heavy rescue engine, which responds to wrecks, gas leaks, fire alarms, water rescues or other specialized rescues across the city. In addition to helping with firefighting, the vehicle can also refill air tanks and be used as mobile command desk in the event of an emergency.

“It’s basically a mobile toolbox,” Gallatin firefighter Justin Brannon said. “It’s incomparable the difference this truck makes versus the old rescue truck that we had.

“It’s definitely a big upgrade.”

An open house and ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening of the station and allow the public to see inside is expected to help sometime in July, according to Williams.

Fire officials also anticipate the station will help relieve some of the call volume from the department’s downtown headquarters by responding to up to approximately 125 calls each month.

“There is a lot of growth in that area of Gallatin and certainly as State Route 109 grows (the station) is going to become even more important,” Mayor Paige Brown said. “I’m pleased that it’s opening, it’s staffed and that we’ll be able to continue to be able to serve our community well.”

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