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Lufkin Fire preparing for new Fire Station No.5

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Engine 5 sits idle, waiting to light up and serve the North Lufkin community. In a few weeks, Fire Station 5 will be empty, but not forever.

"We're going to take this building down and the new facility will start where we are standing and go to the left," said Lufkin Fire Chief Ted Lovett.

Residents will see a move out by July 22. All of Station 5's personnel and equipment will be moving to the old Station 3 for an estimated time frame of 7 to 9 months.

The new building will look like the new Station 3, something that City Councilman Robert Shankle believes everyone should be proud of.

"They're really investing in the community; not only for what they do for the city but the appearance of the ward," said Shankle.

The new station will be a much needed improvement with a bigger kitchen, separate showers and more storage space, creating a better work environment.

"It creates a great moral for the guys," said Lovett. They are living in a newer station that's not built in the 1960s and it allows us to store for apparatus and personnel if needed."

 The upgrade will only add to a department that has taken a stance in improving.

"We have great infrastructure," said Lovett. "We have the new one on Lufkin Avenue. The one on Old Union is a few years old. The oldest one we will have now is on Whitehouse, which is the water tower station. Our infrastructure is really, really good."

A new building should be complete by April 2014 and the cost of this is in the budget and is set at just over $1 million.

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