Mayor Jake Day and Salisbury Fire Chief Rick Hoppes joined prominent local officials and firefighters on Nov. 5 for the the dedication ceremony for the new Fire Station 2.
The new facility replaces a building which was a landmark on the city’s East Side. Dedicated in 1930, the old Station 2 served as the Salisbury Fire Department’s East Side base of operations for over 80 years.
In recent years, however, it had become less-than-fit by modern standards. In the summer of 2014, the city broke ground on the new facility, across Brown Street. In September, the old Station 2 was demolished.
The beautiful new building which now stands at the corner of Brown and Naylor streets remains a focal point for the neighborhood and its citizens. Keeping a fire station in this location was not only important to the neighborhood, but also to the operations of the Salisbury Fire Department.
The new facility provides SFD members and employees with a state-of-the-art, full-service fire station which meets today’s demands for full-time habitation and a rapid response to emergencies.
“I am proud to say that I began my fire service career at Fire Station 2 as a volunteer member before becoming a career firefighter a few years later,” said Salisbury Fire Chief, Rick Hoppes. “The new Station 2 is the facility our firefighters need to provide the best rapid response in emergency situations.”
Jake Day said, “The Salisbury Fire Department has maintained a presence at that address for generations. I’m very happy that the new station was able to go up directly across the street, so that it may continue to serve as an anchor for the community, while still allowing our firefighters to be within striking distance of any emergency on the East Side of town.”
For more information, contact the Salisbury Fire Department at 410-548-3120, or the Mayor’s Office at 410-548-3100.