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New Louisville Fire Station No. 10 Unveiled in Beechmont

South Louisville’s Metro Fire Station No. 10 was unveiled by Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth today in the Beechmont neighborhood.

The station will be located directly next to the old station at 510 West Ashland Avenue. The two buildings will eventually be connected, with older 1924 station being used for storage, said Captain Salvador Melendez, public information officer for Louisville Fire Department. The new station is eligible for up to a $3.4 million grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which details are still being worked out. Metro Government will also invest $400,000 in the project, said mayor spokeswoman Lindsay English.

A dozen firefighters operate out of Station 10, said Melendez. Firefighters “were pretty crammed in there,” he said of the 1924 building. Firefighters will remain in the old station for the next week until furniture arrives, he said.

The new station will feature energy efficiencies and earth-friendly features including:

  • Geothermal HVAC
  • LED lighting
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Pervious paves, which prevent storm water from entering storm sewers directly

Other features include a backup generator and a “cardio-friendly” alarm system that gradually alerts firefighters.

There will be two phases to the grant process, said English. Phase I is complete and included today’s official opening. Phase II will include improvements to the old station and the installation of solar panels on the roof, which is expected to begin in the next two weeks.

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New Fire Station Opens In Portland

After discussions with residents of Louisville’s Portland neighborhood on where to build a new fire station, construction of the Engine 6 facility at 25th and Griffiths is complete.

The new Engine 6 is a few blocks south of the old one, which was built at the corner of 25th Street and Portland Avenue in 1903.

Replacing the smaller firehouse with a more modern facility is part of the Mayor’s 21st Century Fire Plan. But Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick says when it came time to build a new Rngine 6, there were concerns over where to put it.

“One of the things that I looked at was the fact that the way the road network is in the Portland area, we definitely needed to have a station in Portland just because of the time it takes to get to some of the addresses,” says Frederick.

Two more fire stations in other neighborhoods are set to open in the coming months.

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Old Louisville Residents Want To Keep Engine 7 Open

Some residents of Old Louisville are asking Mayor Jerry Abramson and Fire Chief Greg Frederick to keep the Engine 7 fire station open.

Engine 7 is set to close next month, after 137 years of operation. It’s being closed to help the city absorb a $20 million budget shortfall.

When the closure was announced, Abramson and Frederick said there was ample protection in the neighborhood, provided by several nearby fire stations.

Resident Fred Nett says some of his fellow Old Louisville neighbors are gathering their own data on response times. In the meantime, he says the city’s reserve fund should be used to keep the station open.

“If things are as bad as the mayor indicates, indicating that it’s necessary to cut services to urban service district residents then it’s fair to say that the rainy day fund should be tapped,” he says.

Engine 7 employs twelve firefighters who are scheduled to be transferred to other stations when the firehouse closes.