New SMFR Station 32 is expected to last for 75 years. Photos by Freda Miklin
BY FREDA MIKLIN
South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) held an official flag ceremony with its Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums Corps to officially inaugurate newly rebuilt Fire Station 32 at 5945 S. Quebec Street in Centennial, March 2. SMFR Chief Bob Baker welcomed the standing room only crowd of 350.
Baker said that the previous Station 32 was built in 1976 and comprised 4,400 square feet. The new station is 16,400 square feet and has four apparatus bays. It also houses a mobile command post that SMFR shares with the City of Greenwood Village. There are seven firefighters per 48-hour shift housed at Station 32, which is home to 21 total firefighters who
expect to respond to 2,000 calls in 2019. Baker called the new building a legacy facility that is expected to serve the community for 75 years.
Having unified with Cunningham Fire Rescue and Littleton Fire Department, SMFR serves 12 cities and will field 40,000 calls during the coming year. It has 29 stations, with the 30th under construction in Highlands Ranch. The majority of calls received by SMFR are medical-related, for which board member Hank Eng credited local communities’ strong building codes that minimize serious fires.
This mobile command communications unit is shared by SMFR and the City of Greenwood Village. Photo courtesy of SMFR.
The new kitchen has four full-size refrigerator-freezers to make sure hungry firefighters have plenty to sustain them.
This is a new one-person bedroom for firefighters who work 48-hour shifts. Older rooms were made to share.
As in every SMFR firehouse, there is a poll to slide down from the sleeping area to the firetrucks, but it probably won’t be used much.
New workout gym for firefighters at Station 32 will help them stay strong to carry those hoses.
Neighbors filled the room to celebrate their new firehouse.
Representing the City of Centennial from its city council, standing with the members of the SMFR Pipes and Drums Band, Kathy Turley, Candace Moon, Mayor Pro Tem Carrie Penaloza and Tammy Maurer.
The award-winning SMFR Pipes and Drum Band, who will lead this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver, played American favorites, including the Star’s Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful.Photos by Freda Miklin
SMFR Chief Bob Baker welcomed everyone. Looking on were assistant chiefs Vince Turner and Mike Dell’Orfano, along with SMFR board member Hank Eng.
The SMFR Honor Guard presented the colors as sworn personnel looked on and saluted our flag.
The ceremonial uncoupling of the hose was done to officially open the new fire station by SMFR command personnel assistant chiefs Kevin Milan, Vince Turner, Mike Dell’Orfano, Chief Bob Baker and SMFR board member Hank Eng, surrounded by Centennial city council members Candace Moon on his right and Carrie Penaloza and Tammy Maurer on his left.
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