The public is invited to help celebrate the opening of Franklin (TN) Fire Department’s Station 7 in southeast Franklin on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 3-5 p.m.
The event will include a hose-uncoupling ceremony and a traditional wet-down ceremony, with children and adults invited to help wash the trucks and place them into service.
Located next to the Williamson County Ag Expo Center at 1972 John Fitzgerald Dr., Station 7 is the first Franklin station to include an ambulance wing, which was funded by Williamson County and is staffed by Williamson Medical Center EMS personnel. It replaces temporary Station 7—a mobile home which was established in 2014 as an emergency measure.
Memphis-based architecture firm Renaissance Group was awarded in January 2018 a $244,000 contract to provide engineering and design consulting services for Station 7. In November 2018, Southland Constructors, Inc., was awarded a $6,671,000 contract to construct the new digs, construct the new road, and complete hillside grading to accommodate both.
The new road that leads to the station—John Fitzgerald Drive—is named in honor of the retired Franklin Fire Assistant Chief; Fitzgerald was the department’s first paid, career, African American firefighter. He served in nearly every position, and, when he retired in 2006, he was Battalion Chief of B-shift. He’ll be present at the ceremony. Station 7’s address commemorates the year that Fitzgerald was hired.