Abilene firefighters move into new building, get three times the space at brand-new Station 4

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - It's a huge difference looking at the new building on Grape Street, just a couple minutes drive from the now empty fire station that's been in place since 1962. That's not to say it isn't a welcome change.
Capt. Randy Scalf inherited the old Station 4 shortly after it was damaged beyond repair by hail in 2014. Operations moved to a mobile home behind the station. Capt. Scalf describes the world of difference, saying, "We were operating out of a 1,200 square foot trailer house into about 3,500 square feet of living quarters here, so about three times the space."
Fire Chief Larry Bell says that there were some logistical challenges in the move, but he agrees that the change is for the best. "Getting out of that station into a trailer was a challenge. As they did that, the crews adjusted really well." Bell continues, "Getting out of that trailer and going over here, it's just a night and day difference."
The opening ceremony on Friday was filled with tradition. Instead of a ribbon cutting, a hose uncoupling signaled the grand opening. Reaching back even further to when firemen would hose down new equipment, a Station 4 ladder truck was hosed down, with everyone in attendance grabbing a cloth to help dry and push the truck into its new home.
A tight-knit group, the firefighters of Station 4 are still glad to get a little more breathing room. This new building offers comfortable and convenient living space, allowing them to be rested fully for their jobs.

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