The Anniston City Council approved the construction of an approximately $1.7 million fire station on Alabama 21.
Construction is set to start in November on the facility, which will replace the Fire Department’s old station by the roundabout at McClellan.
The council awarded the project to Hurst Construction in Oxford as the lowest of eight submitted bids. City Manager Brian Johnson said the city would not use any general fund money to pay for the fire station.
“It will be paid for with fire tax money that’s been saved for a number of years for us to construct this station,” Johnson said.
Fire Chief Tony Taylor said the 9,800 square-foot station will be built parallel and just north of the old Marvin’s building. The city in February purchased the Marvin’s building and eight acres around it for $350,000 in anticipation of building the new station there, Taylor said.
The new station will be a two-story, three-bay facility with living quarters and a 25-person classroom, Taylor said. Also, its location on the highway will allow firefighters to respond to calls in the area quicker, he said.
Taylor said the current fire station at McClellan had become too old and impractical.
Taylor said that a four- or five-story burn tower will be built behind the fire station, which will allow firefighters to train.
“That’s something we’ve had access to, but we’ve had to travel to Tuscaloosa to get that type of training,” Taylor said. “Now us and other firefighters from our area will be able to train here.”
Taylor said once the new station is complete next year, renovation work will begin on the Marvin’s building.
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