Slocomb Fire and Rescue Building is under renovation

Renovations to be completed within two weeks
Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 5:20 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Slocomb Fire Rescue building was completed in 2011, now a home away from home for some is getting a new look.

“The fire station is basically a firefighter’s home, a third of his life,” Fire Chief for the City of Slocomb Kyle Hovey said. “So, we try to make the fire station as comfortable as possible because firefighters and paramedics are up all during the night at different times so sleep management and rest is a very important part of a firefighters health.”

Renovations are to be completed in roughly two weeks.

“A lot of this is being done on duty as the firefighters can work on it between calls,” Chief Hovey said.

Chief Hovey said these renovations have been planned for several years. New paint will be on the walls soon and they are adding new waterproof flooring throughout the station.

“Over the years with the floors having such high traffic area, the flooring became worn and it had a very bad appearance,” Chief Hovey said. “So we wanted the public, since this is a public building, we wanted the public to be proud of their fire station.”

The station is able to reduce some cost as some of the firefighters have the construction skills to handle some of the remodeling.

“We try to be as froogle as we can with taxpayers funds because we know how important that is so here at the station firefighters have been doing the sheet wall prep work and also has been assisting with painting and moving the furniture so that we can reduce those costs as much as possible,” Chief Hovey said.

Working together to make the station a better workplace.

“Firefighters training is very important and these renovations will allow for upgrade to our training room so that firefighters can have a more enjoyable experience during the classes and utilize the internet and electronics more,” Chief Hovey said. “Prior to now, we had limited availability on the training so this should provide exceptional training for our men and women.”

Allowing firefighters to feel more at home so they can -

“Rest, relax and recover from those strenuous physical activities that we perform,” Chief Hovey said.

Chief Hovey said their call volume on the east end of Geneva County has been rising substantially over the years due to their proximity to Dothan, leading to growth on the east end of the county.

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