PORT NECHES — Thanks to $1.9 million in federal grant money, the city of Port Neches has opened a new fire station. The city contributed $600,000 in matching funds to the grant plus another $1 million to finish the project.
Firefighters stood in front of a truck and backed the vehicle into the bay at Port Neches Fire Department on Thursday. This was a special tradition followed during the opening of the new fire station at 606 Magnolia Ave. Firefighters from Port Neches were joined by members of other local fire departments and city dignitaries in the grand opening celebration of the new station.
“This is really nice. They needed a bigger facility and this fits the bill,” Port Arthur Fire Capt. Robert Havens said the neighboring department’s new home. “This is something that will serve the citizens of Port Neches for a long time.”.
In addition to pushing the truck into the bay Curran and Port Neches Mayor Glenn Johnson ceremoniously “uncoupled” a fire hose as opposed to the standard, run of the mill ribbon cutting.