New fire station in Brighton

BRIGHTON, AL (WBRC) - The city of Brighton public safety building, Station #1, is now open for service. Cheers erupted from firemen, city leaders, and Brighton residents as a dispatcher made the announcement Saturday afternoon.

The Brighton Fire Department now has a place to call home, in a brand new station between Main Street and Huntsville Avenue. But it comes as the ending to a five year battle for funding. The Jefferson County Commission wanted to cut money for the station in 2007.

"It's about saving lives. It's always been about that. And when the residents and I fought for this station that we so rightly deserved, it was the right thing to do," said District 2 Commissioner Shelia Smoot.

The Brighton firefighters now have a $700,000 facility to utilize.  It has a full kitchen, meeting area and bathrooms. It also has a room with several beds, so the firemen will all be together when a call comes in. Before, they would have to come from home.

"Prior to us having this station, we actually operated out of the garage at City Hall. And when I say our resources were scattered, we may have had a fire truck at City Hall and over in the city lot may be some other equipment that we needed," explained Brighton Fire Chief Sebastion Carrillo. "So prior to us having this building, it was really a task just organizing to respond to an emergency."

The station is located in the center of the city, further cutting down response times.

"Last Monday, we were toned out on a house fire. From the time the call came in to the time the engine was on scene, was three minutes 12 seconds. That's what this building is allowing us to do," said Carrillo.

The Brighton Fire Department is a volunteer unit.

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