LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Engine 5 sits idle, waitingto 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 takethis building down and the new facility will start where we are standing and goto the left," said Lufkin Fire Chief Ted Lovett.
Residents will see a move outby July 22. All of Station 5's personnel and equipment will be moving to theold Station 3 for an estimated time frame of 7 to 9 months.
The new building will looklike the new Station 3, something that City Councilman Robert Shankle believeseveryone should be proud of.
"They're reallyinvesting in the community; not only for what they do for the city but theappearance of the ward," said Shankle.
The new station will be amuch needed improvement with a bigger kitchen, separate showers and morestorage space, creating a better work environment.
"It creates a greatmoral for the guys," said Lovett. They are living in a newer station that's notbuilt in the 1960s and it allows us to store for apparatus and personnel if needed."
The upgrade will only add to a department thathas taken a stance in improving.
"We have great infrastructure," saidLovett. "We have the new one on Lufkin Avenue. The one on Old Union is a fewyears old. The oldest one we will have now is on Whitehouse, which is thewater tower station. Our infrastructure is really, really good."
A new building should be complete by April 2014and the cost of this is in the budget and is set at just over $1 million.