ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – With the growth on the South side of town especially in the Wylie area, Abilene Fire Station #8 on Buffalo Gap Road has undergone some changes to handle the increase in emergency calls.
A new ladder truck is officially in service with double the personnel.
“Our job is search and rescue, get victims out, ventilate, utilize ladders, anything like that above ground level that we need to do. It also carries the very important jaws of life,” Abilene Fire Fighter Ed Maikranz said.
“To outfit our ladder truck we needed the 12 additional personnel,” Lieutenant Jay Louder said.
Station 8 is seeing some major changes because of these additions, undergoing a complete renovation.
“Turned our living room area into our new fire fighters office. Take what was our old workout area put up some walls made four additional bedrooms in that area. Take what was the old classroom area and change that into the new living room and workout area,” Lt. Louder said.
It was all done by these fire fighters with the help of some Cooper High School construction students in just seven months.
“You know we put a lot of man hours-blood sweat and tears into this project,” Maikranz said.
Ed has worked for the department coming up on 30 years.
“To come here in 1989 when I did this station had already been built and it was obviously built to be a two company station so to go all these years and finally see that happening is pretty neat to see,” Maikranz said.
While he is excited to see the transformation, he’s even more excited to put these additions to good use.
“We want to provide the citizens with the best possible service that we can and when we can’t we don’t feel good about that so having this capability now were proud we can serve them better than we ever have before,” Maikranz said.
Station #8 will hold an open house to show off the truck and the remodel on Thursday, May 2nd from 6-8 PM.