Lake Wales fire fighters were out in force on Monday, but not to fight fire. This time the battle was to remove weeds, trash and abandoned buildings on property that will become the new home for Fire Station Two. Located on Chalet Suzanne Road across from the Eagle Ridge Mall, the 3.75 acre property was purchased for $185,000. Relocating the station from property on Thompson Nursery Road will save the city $3,000 a month, the cost of the lease.
“We looked for the right property since May 2008, but the prices were too high,” Fire Chief Jerry Brown explained. “We serve all the communities from Lake Ashton to Waverly, the Eagle Ridge Mall, U.S. Highway 27 commercial properties and everything else back to the city limits. Travel time was an issue so we opened the second station to provide fire protection and a faster response to the northern section.”
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