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Birmingham City Council: “We Are in the Business of Saving Lives Not Projects”

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Mold, potential asbestos, and a complete eyesore. Those are just some of the factors surrounding Kingston Fire Station and now Birmingham City Councilors are asking why has this building just now been deemed an emergency situation. The fire station was in fact closed back on May 9th at which time firefighters who were assigned to Station #8, were reassigned to nearby fire stations, creating an additional two minute response time.

“Would you rather for the residents of Kingston to die or would you rather to proceed with the building of the Freedom Center that has yet to be established,” Councilor Lashunda Scales said. “The conditions of the Kingston Fire Station are absolutely unacceptable, and the Council had already agreed to fund the rebuilding of this public safety facility before it was declared a public safety emergency.”

The Council has proposed funding the building of a new fire station by including $3 million in the new budget. Tuesday, the Council rescinded the ordinance that funded the Freedom Center that will allow the Council to fund the fire station, East Police Precinct, and Police Firing Range Administrative and Classroom Building Training Facility.

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov