On Friday, city officials, community members, fire department retirees, and current fire department employees gathered at the Cape Girardeau Fire Department’s new Fire Station No. 4 for a dedication ceremony.
Thanks to voter approval of a fire sales tax and public safety trust fund in 2014, the fire department was able to move forward with multiple facility projects across the city this year, including the new station on Lexington Avenue.
Fire Chief Rick Ennis prided the department, saying they were able to gain the support and respect of taxpayers through their services to the area.
“I want to thank again the firefighters, and understand the fact that they're out there delivering service to anybody, anytime, anywhere. You call, we come. And there's not too many businesses or agencies that can say that.”
The new station, which cost over $3 million, replaced the previous station on Curry Lane, which was opened in the 1970's. Other projects in the city as a result of the sales tax include a completed storage building and gym area at Fire Station No. 2, and remodelings at both Fire Stations 1 and 2.