One year after breaking ground on a new station to house Cullman County’s busiest fire department, Hanceville greeted more than two hundred residents and public officials Sunday to show off the finished three-bay facility.
The new Station No. 1, located downtown off U.S. Highway 31, replaces a building fire chief Alan Bolling said made working life difficult for the city’s firefighting staff.
“It’s just a dream come true,” said Bolling.
“I think a lot of folks would be surprised how badly this was needed. I think, really, the only way to get a true idea of what our people have been up against is to go down into the [old] station and see for yourself. It took a lot of persistence and good planning to get this facility built, and I’m grateful to the mayor and city council for seeing this project to the finish.”
Alabama Fire Marshal Edward Paulk helped open the new building, telling the crowd Sunday Hanceville is fortunate to have elected leaders who recognize the importance of protective services.
“Cities like Hanceville; places that have committed their resources to ensuring adequate protection for their residents — it’s hard to overemphasize what a difference that makes,” Paulk said. “I congratulate the people of Hanceville, and your leaders, for investing in your safety.”
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