Highland Park Firefighters are celebrating the grand opening of their new headquarters with a grand opening celebration on Friday.
The new $2.7 million dollar station has everything from a modern kitchen to closer living quarters, a brand new locker room and showers, and even a gym. Most importantly: it's located in the center of the city so firefighters can respond to calls faster.
Before the new location was built, these firefighters we're housed in a warehouse at the other end of the city. Their fire house before this one was deemed unlivable. The broken down structure is barely standing today in the shadows of the newly constructed firehouse.
Thanks to money from a grant, the 14,000 square foot facility stands where it does today at 25 Gerald.
Highland Park firefighters respond to an estimated 1,000 "runs" a year and provides rescue coverage to nearly 12,000 residents.
An official ribbon cutting and public tours of the building will be Friday at 1:00 p.m.