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Updated: 05/07/2014 09:30:03AM

Welcome to Lake Wales North Fire Station

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PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins welcomes everyone to the official ribbon cutting for the Lake Wales Fire Department North Station on Chalet Suzanne Road, Tuesday evening.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


A fire jacket belonging to the Deputy Chief stands to guard the dedication plaque prior to the ribbon cutting took place.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


That tape looks pretty official. Moments later, the ribbon would be cut to a brand new fire station at Chalet Suzanne Road. The event was attended by about 100 people.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins bows his head reverently for the blessing of the new station.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins is flanked to the right by Deputy Chief Roy Wilkinson, Deputy Chief Brian Draper, Fire Marshal Chuck Croley, Fire Inspector Brittany Simpson.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins holds up a commemorative plaque presented to the new fire department by the residents of Carlsberg Estates.


PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Mayor Gene Fultz brings greetings to those who attended.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


And the ribbon is cut by Lake Wales City Commissioners Jonathan Thornhill and Mike Carter, accompanied by Mayor Gene Fultz and the Lake Wales Fire Department brass.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Mayor Gene Fultz' wife, Jan, (sitting) speaks with those who are inside the fire station, as lines develop for the refreshments in the kitchen.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Deputy Chief Roy Wilkinson and VOICE Volunteer and former Lake Wales City Commissioner, Jean Kincaid Scott, stop for a quick photo before continuing their visit. VOICE is a branch of the Lake Wales Police Department.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


And the fire trucks line the drive, in preparation for calls for assistance.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Meet the new Lake Wales Fire Department, at Chalet Suzanne Road.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins joins former long time Lake Wales Fire Chief Jerry Brown, and City Manager Ken Fields for a quick chat before the three go inside. Brown says that now that he has retired, he is "busier than ever."

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins welcomes everyone to the official ribbon cutting for the Lake Wales Fire Department North Station on Chalet Suzanne Road, Tuesday evening.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


The skies were overcast and holding back rain as the ribbon cutting ended and those who attended went inside to see Lake Wales North Fire Station, the second station in the city.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


A fire jacket belonging to the Deputy Chief stands to guard the dedication plaque prior to the ribbon cutting took place.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


That tape looks pretty official. Moments later, the ribbon would be cut to a brand new fire station at Chalet Suzanne Road. The event was attended by about 100 people.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins bows his head reverently for the blessing of the new station.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins is flanked to the right by Deputy Chief Roy Wilkinson, Deputy Chief Brian Draper, Fire Marshal Chuck Croley, Fire Inspector Brittany Simpson.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins holds up a commemorative plaque presented to the new fire department by the residents of Carlsberg Estates.


PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Mayor Gene Fultz brings greetings to those who attended.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


And the ribbon is cut by Lake Wales City Commissioners Jonathan Thornhill and Mike Carter, accompanied by Mayor Gene Fultz and the Lake Wales Fire Department brass.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Mayor Gene Fultz' wife, Jan, (sitting) speaks with those who are inside the fire station, as lines develop for the refreshments in the kitchen.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Deputy Chief Roy Wilkinson and VOICE Volunteer and former Lake Wales City Commissioner, Jean Kincaid Scott, stop for a quick photo before continuing their visit. VOICE is a branch of the Lake Wales Police Department.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


And the fire trucks line the drive, in preparation for calls for assistance.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Meet the new Lake Wales Fire Department, at Chalet Suzanne Road.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins joins former long time Lake Wales Fire Chief Jerry Brown, and City Manager Ken Fields for a quick chat before the three go inside. Brown says that now that he has retired, he is "busier than ever."

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


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By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

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Seven months from ground-breaking, Lake Wales cut the ribbon to the city’s second fire station, Lake Wales North, located at 600 Chalet Suzanne Road.

The cost of the project was budgeted at $1.2 million dollars, however, Fire Chief Joe Jenkins says the fire department is, so far, under that budget amount, though there are a few things yet to be purchased for the station.

Residents of Carlsberg Estates presented a plaque and a check to the fire department for $162 “for extra furniture” or whatever is needed, in appreciation of the city building a station near the development.

Jenkins said that back in 2005, it became obvious to city officials that another fire station was needed, as Lake Ashton was growing, Dinner Lake Shores, and Carlsberg Estates, in addition to several other developments in the area, and homeowners in the city were having a hard time obtaining homeowners insurance, since they lived farther than five miles away from the fire station.

The city took out a $1.2 million loan, and the plans were approved in July 2013.

Jenkins says that it was difficult to find property.

Initially, the city inhabited a temporary fire station in front of Florida Food Tankers, while they searched for a spot to place the new fire department.

The market in 2005 was such that property was so expensive, but by 2008 the values had decreased, making it truly a buyer’s market, and that is when the city purchased the piece at Chalet Suzanne Road.

The new station is manned 24 hours a day, and is a smaller version of the fire department on Central Avenue in downtown Lake Wales.

However, it does have one upgrade, the truck exhaust capture system.

This is a long hose that has a magnet on it and attaches to the exhaust of the fire trucks as they come into the bay to park.

“There is no emissions being spilled into the station,” Jenkins said.

“They are all captured and exhausted out.”

The magnet then falls off as they drive away to their next call.

“Diesel has benzyne, a known carcinogen,” Jenkins said.

The chief notes that a lot of firefighters go their whole career and never see a new facility built.

“Some of the firefighters here have now seen two — the one built downtown and this one on Chalet Suzanne Road. It’s nice to see the department grow, mainly for the fact that it’s going to allow us to provide better service to the customers, the citizens,” he adds.

The phone number to the new fire department is 863-949-4853.


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