Liberty City’s Fire Rescue Station 2 officially opened its new facility on Monday, March 4, 2013. The station houses the busiest ladder truck in the nation. Commissioner Jean Monestime addresses firefighters and community leaders at the opening ceremony of the station on March 4.
Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, celebrated the opening of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 2 in Liberty City on Monday, March 4, 2013. Firehouse 2 houses the busiest ladder truck in the country, “Aerial 2”. It currently has Rescue 2, Rescue 202 and Battalion 5 responding from Station 2. The new station is located at 6460 NW 27 Avenue in Miami; the same location where the first one was built in 1938.
The new 12,038-square-foot triple bay facility includes a training tower, class room and many energy savings features. Capable of housing up to 12 firefighters, the new facility will help to increase service, response time and efficiency. The opening of this station enables Miami-Dade County to continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Liberty City and its surrounding communities.
“Liberty City has been the foundation of the Black middle class in South Florida ever since Blacks first began to settle in this neighborhood in the 1930’s,” said Commissioner Monestime. “It is only fitting that we have a new state-of-the-art fire station serving our community.”
At the opening ceremony, Commissioner Monestime was joined by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Dave Downey, and former Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chiefs William “Shorty” Bryson and Karls Paul-Noël.
“Young children in our community look to firefighters as role models and mentors – and it has been that way for years,” Commissioner Monestime said. “Today, on behalf of the community, I say ‘thank you’ to all of the ‘Station 2’ firefighters for your service.”