Liberty City gets a new fire station

caines | 3/14/2013, 5:30 a.m.

[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] County Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, recently celebrated the opening of the Miami-Dade [M-D] Fire Rescue Station 2 in Liberty City. Firehouse 2 houses the busiest ladder truck in the country, Aerial 2. It currently has Rescue 2, Rescue 202 and Battalion 5 responding from Station 2. The new station is located at 6460 NW 27 Ave. in the same location where the first one was built in 1938. The new 12,038-square-foot triple bay facility includes a training tower, class room and many energy savings features. Capable of housing up to 12 firefighters, the new facility will help to increase service, response time and efficiency. The opening of this station enables Miami-Dade County [M-DC] to continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Liberty City and its surround communities. Liberty City has been the foundation of the Black middle class in South Florida ever since Blacks first began to settle in this neighborhood in the 1930s, Monestime said. It is only fitting that we have a new state-of-the-art fire station serving our community. At the opening ceremony, Monestime was joined by M-DC Mayor Carlos Gimenez and M-D Fire Rescue Chief Dave Downey. Young children in our community look to the firefighters who serve in this station as role models and mentors and it has been that way for years, Monestime added. Today, on behalf of the community, I say thank you to all of the Station 2 firefighters for your service.