Ribbon Cutting to be held for Fire Station #22 in New Tampa - New station on Cross Creek Boulevard is in service

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be joined by business and community leaders to cut the ribbon on Fire Station #22 in New Tampa. The ribbon cutting and open house will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 2 p.m. Station #22 is located at 10871 Cross Creek Boulevard.

"Public safety is the cornerstone of a strong neighborhood, and as it has grown, New Tampa has had an increasing demand for service," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Tampa Fire Rescue is committed to providing quality services across Tampa, and Station #22 will help fulfill the needs of New Tampa residents.”

Station #22 will begin responding to emergency calls on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

The new 8,660-square-foot facility includes a center garage that has three bays for apparatus equipment. The garage is flanked by work and sleeping quarters. Sustainability features incorporated into the design of the station include high efficiency lighting and controls, solar-powered exterior lighting, energy-efficient HVAC system, solar-powered water heating, and use of recycled materials. Site sustainability elements include preservation of the onsite wetlands, use of Florida Friendly landscaping, and the incorporation of bioswales into the stormwater retention system to provide runoff water quality enhancement.

Station #22 and its personnel will provide a much-needed resource for the area to respond to emergency medical incidents, structural fires, brush fires, and all other fire-service related incidents. The new station will be staffed with a four-person crew and two vehicles, Engine #22 and Brush #22. Engine #22 is one of the newer apparatuses obtained by Tampa Fire Rescue over the last several years and will operate as an advanced life support engine company. Brush #22 is a unit designed for forest fires/vegetation fires and is cross-staffed by Engine #22. Brush #22 is being relocated from Fire Station #21. Personnel assigned to Station #22 are State of Florida Certified Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians who will provide Advance Life Support measures for all medical related incidents.

The $1.7 million project was funded by the Assistance to Firefighters Grant for Fire Station Construction part of the federal stimulus American Reinvestment Recovery Act. Over 5,000 fire departments across the nation applied for the grant. The City of Tampa Fire Rescue Department was one of the 100 selected to receive the funding. The contractor for the project is Pillar Construction Group.