Philadelphia, January 8, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new station serving Engine Company 38 in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Due to the construction of the new I-95 access ramp and interchange improvements at Cottman Avenue, the former station was demolished. The new fire station is located at the corners of Magee Avenue and Keystone Street.
“Public safety is a critical function of city government, and this station will give the Philadelphia Fire Department an additional tool to use during public emergencies,” said Mayor Nutter. “This new state of the art station will enable firefighters to serve better the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhoods in the Northeast, and all communities up and down the I-95 corridor.”
The new 12,200 square foot, $6.7 millon facility has a green roof, a community room integrated within the fire station, and a public art project entitled “Taokonick” by artist Suikang Zhao. Following the guidelines outlined in the Mayor’s Greenworks Philadelphia plan, the station is on target to attain LEED Silver certification, which will make it Philadelphia’s first LEED certified fire station. The construction project achieved 27 percent minority, women, and disabled-owned business participation.
Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said, “The Philadelphia Fire Department is very excited about the opportunity to provide public safety services and Community Risk Reduction to the Tacony section of the city through our new Fire Station, our new Water Tower apparatus and the dedication and service of our firefighters at Engine Company 38. It has been a pleasure to work with Councilwoman Joan Krajewski and subsequently Councilman Bobby Henon, and the Tacony Civic Association in supporting us in the completion of this project. The PFD thanks the Mayor, his staff and all of the city agencies for ensuring the successful completion of this project.”
Councilman Bobby Henon said, “The re-opening of Engine 38 in this magnificent new building with a community room provides us yet another building block as we continue to work to revitalize and sustain this proud Tacony neighborhood. I would like to express my thanks to the residents and leaders of the Tacony community for their patience and understanding during this project.”
State Senator Mike Stack added, “This new firehouse is a great investment in public safety. Engine 38 is a community landmark and its presence reminds Tacony residents that our firefighters are here to answer the call quickly when there’s an emergency. With the dedication of the new firehouse, our firefighters can continue their great work protecting the community while stationed in a convenient location.”
State Representative Michael McGeehan said, “Community input and a cooperative effort on every level of government has resulted in the long awaited I-95 improvements and construction of this new ‘green’ firehouse facility to serve our residents. Mayfair and Tacony residents have been patiently waiting for this day to come for some time now. It’s exciting to know that Engine 38 firehouse is returning home to Northeast Philadelphia. It is important to note that none of this would have been possible without the help of state dollars that were set aside in the capital budget to replace it.”