NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, joined by the city's fire department, city council, and members of the community, broke ground on an 18,000 square-foot fire station, the largest in North Charleston history.
Fire Station 2, which will sit on Carner and Clements Avenue and serve the south end of North Charleston, combines two separate fire departments at the site of the old Naval Base.
North Charleston Fire Chief Greg Bulanow says his team receives thousands of calls from that area each year. Bulanow says the new location near Military Magnet, will help the department achieve a faster response time.
"It's a busy area for us, and this station is centrally located to better serve this area," he said.
The two-story fire station will house two engines and one ladder. Plans also include a training facility, offices for the city's arson investigators, crew living quarters, and the city's first fire slide.
"It's part of taking that Navy Base property and turning it into something the community can enjoy," added city Mayor Keith Summey.
Summey also announced plans to add athletic fields and a playground on the site.
Construction on the $5.2 million station is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.