MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Construction crews and the town of Mount Pleasant are putting the finishing touches on a new Fire Station.
The new station on Six Mile Road, will have the most up-to-date facilities of the seven fire stations in Mount Pleasant, according to Deputy Fire Chief Craig Oliverius.
He says a renovation and expansion was much needed. Oliverius says the old building was built about 30 years ago, in a time where this area of Mount Pleasant was much more rural. He says now this is a central area of town.
This new $6 million Fire Station #4, which is almost twice as big as the old station, will have more training equipment for all firefighters to use. This includes search and rescue, fire hose deployment, ground ladder training, and confined space and technical rescue training.
It also has a new three-apparatus bay for two fire trucks and one Battalion Chief vehicle, 11 sleeping rooms, a brand-new fitness center, and additional office space for Battalion Chiefs and other staff.
Oliverius says natural light is incorporated in the living spaces. He says they’ve also added red nighttime lighting and a fire station alerting system in the individual bunkrooms to assist with maintaining a normal circadian rhythm and to reduce sleep deprivation over a 24-hour shift for firefighters.
Oliverius says they are performing final testing and inspections this week and next week, along with touch up painting and completing final punch list items.
Fire crews have been operating out of a temporary station at Sweetgrass Basket Parkway, but they hope to move into the new facility in the next two weeks.