LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Fire Department has a brand new fire station, and it invited the community to be a part of the grand opening celebration Monday.
Lufkin's fire chief told East Texas News that the new station will benefit the community in a variety of ways. Area residents lined Lufkin Avenue Monday afternoon to watch the Lufkin Fire Department march to its new fire station.
Fire Chief Ted Lovett said he and his staff are excited for the move.
"We're having our ceremony for our grand opening of Station 3, and we're moving the apparatus from this station to the new station, and we're making it a traditional thing," Lovett said.
Fire fighters and the honor guard walked the one mile from the old station to the new number 3 station, followed by a parade of fire trucks and ambulances. The parade was led by bag pipers and a Model T Ford.
Lovett organized the grand opening around some fire department traditions of the past.
"Well, in the traditional days, they hook the horses to the carts, and when they got back to the station, they got unhitched from the cart and pushed back into the station, so we're going to symbolize that by pushing our apparatus back into the station," Lovett.
The ladder truck, two fire trucks, an ambulance, and all Station 3 staff will now call the new station home.
The new facility also brings more benefits to the community like lower home owners association insurance, which means residents save money.
"The gist of it is it's going to help lower our ISO rating, which lowers your residential and commercial insurance rates," Lovett said.
Lovett said a lower insurance service office rating will also attract commercial industry because commercial insurance rates will be lower.