ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed today joined Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Joel Baker, Councilmember Cleta Winslow and more than 100 community leaders to celebrate the grand reopening of Fire Station 7, located in the heart of Atlanta’s West End neighborhood.
Station 7, nicknamed “The Rock,” was opened in 1894, making it the oldest fire station in the City of Atlanta. In 1910, Station 7 was moved to its current location on West Whitehall Street in the West End. The station was closed in 2009 due to city budget cuts.
“This is a great day, not only for the West End neighborhood, but for the city as a whole,” said Mayor Reed. “I made a promise to reopen Station 7 and I’ve kept that promise. Public safety has always been my top priority, and having additional firefighters and first responders in the West End will make this neighborhood stronger.”
“I would like to thank the Mayor for keeping his commitment to reopen this all-important fire station,” said District 4 Councilmember Cleta Winslow. “Since 2009 we have worked tirelessly to reopen Fire Station 7. Community leaders raised funds to help with renovation costs and neighbors stayed committed to this station, organizing clean-ups inside and around the facility. Today is truly a great day for the West End.”
Station 7 has the capacity to house eight firefighters, which includes an EMS Supervisor (EMS 2) and a Quick Intervention Crew (QIC 17). Both units are designed to respond quickly to medical emergencies and provide rapid assessment and treatment of patients in pre-hospital care settings. The station will also be equipped with Ford F-250 vehicles with Advanced Life Support (ALS) systems.
“Every action and step taken to reopen Station 7 demonstrates that the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is dedicated to protecting our citizens and their property,” said Chief Joel Baker. “The rapid response capabilities that now exist at Station 7 will make all the difference the West End community.”
Since 2010, Mayor Reed has made unprecedented investments in public safety. Through these investments, all AFRD fire engines are at full staffing levels and the department is one of only 19 in the world to earn an ISO Class 1 rating and international accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.