Ribbon cut on new station in West Florence community
A host of city, state, and county dignitaries joined dozens of firefighters Thursday for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the recently completed West Florence Fire Rescue Station No. 1. The station is located at 1033 South Ebenezer Road beside The King’s Academy.
“Honestly, we were gifted this project by Florence County, “ said West Florence Fire Chief Howard Worrell in his opening remarks.
The station was paid for primarily through funds from the county’s second penny capital sales tax. The funds were originally earmarked to renovate the station.
Washburn listed many of the amenities of the new station, built by Mashburn Construction:
• A sleeping area that accommodates 10 firefighters;
• an improved kitchen and dining areas;
• two laundry rooms.
• a lounge area;
• and a fitness center.
Worrell said one his top priorities for the new station was depth drive-thru engine bays that would allow fire engines and ladder trucks.
Other speakers included Florence County Council Chairman Willard Dorriety, Florence County Councilman Mitchell Kirby, Florence County Legislative Delegation members Jay Jordan, Philip Lowe, Robert Williams and Roger Kirby, and Brian Johnston, vice president of operation for Mashburn Construction Company.
In addition to a traditional ribbon cutting, the firefighters lined up at the bay doors and held a ceremonial hose uncoupling.
Those in attendance were invited to tour the new station after the ceremony. Cooks for Christ provided a free lunch afterwards.