City of Ada gets new fire station

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ADA, Okla. (KXII) -- The city of Ada held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for its new fire station.

"Our guys spend a third of their life at this station, you know throughout their career working 24 hour shifts, so they deserve a place like this come home to," Fire Chief Rob Johnson said.

After 108 years, Ada firefighters will get to call the new station off Broadway and 14th street their home.

"Guys have got their beds, their nicer beds," Deputy Fire Chief Joe Allen said. "They've got bigger engine bays and everything, drive through used to they'd have to pull out the street and back into the engine bays, and now they can drive through."

The new station, which was funded by the Penny For Our City sales tax increase paid for the new station.

In 2010, Ada residents voted to renew the tax to specifically fund a new fire and police station, a sports complex and the beautification of the city's downtown district.

"Just more modern, the technology built into this station is going to be more than what we've ever had," Johnson said.

The new $4.6 million station includes a larger locker room, an engine bay that's 800 square feet larger than the old one, and a larger kitchen and lounge area.

"Our old station was a really good place to respond from so when we were looking for a location, we got as close as we could to the old station," Johnson said.

Johnson said, he wants the people of Ada to come and see the station, so they know what they're money went into.

"It's good for the city, it's good for us right now, but it's really good for the kids coming up in the future for our kids and grandkids," Johnson said.



 
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