|Gulf Shores to dedicate new fire Station on Saturday|
September 10, 2013, Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) –The Gulf Shores Department of Fire and Emergency Services will celebrate the opening of the new Joseph L. McClusky Fire Station No. 1 with a dedication ceremony and open house on Saturday, Sept. 14. The dedication ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. followed by an Open House where the public can enjoy refreshments and guided tours until 3 p.m.
The new $1.7 million facility replaces the original station with more than 18,000 square feet of usable space, including nearly 8,000 square feet of apparatus bays, more than 5,100 square feet of offices and work space, living quarters for up to 12 and more than 1,500 square feet of classroom space with integrated multimedia that employs the latest technology.
With such an expanded work space, one would assume that most everyone would have their own office, especially the chiefs. According to Chief Hartly Brokenshaw, this is intentionally not the case for him and Deputy Chief Keith Martin.
“We had to really consolidate things while the new station was being built,” Brokenshaw said. “Keith and I combined our offices in an attempt to maximize space, but quickly realized how much easier it was to communicate on everyday tasks.”
According to the two, day-to-day operations began running so efficiently that they made the decision to continue the unorthodox trend with the new station.
“Things began running so smoothly,” Martin said. “We finally looked at each other and said why don’t we do this permanently? So we called the architect and had them make the change.”
This theme of efficiency is evident throughout the new station in its technology, energy efficient design and steel frame that is rated to withstand up to 140-mph winds.
“This new station is a facility that will be an asset to the entire community,” Brokenshaw said. “We are excited to be able to show it off to the world and are looking forward to a great turnout on Sept. 14.”