Article courtesy of Jessica De Leon, Bradenton Herald law enforcement reporter. Photo courtesy of TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald
After almost 30 years cramped into a space smaller than an average apartment, West Manatee Fire Rescue has a newly remodeled station for its crew to call their home away from home.
West Manatee dedicated its newly remodeled Fire Station No. 2 at 10 a.m. Saturday at 10350 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, followed by refreshments and an open house until 1 p.m.
"It was very cramped for
all these years," Fire Chief Kenneth Price said. "It was just the right time to upgrade the facility to a size that will accommodate all the crew living out there."
The station was built in 1987 to house volunteers but today at least five firefighter and two paramedics are stationed there daily.
The $1.5 million remodel began in 2012 with planning and design. Construction took about eight months to complete.