MAYOR BOLLWAGE CUTS RIBBON ON NEW CATHERINE STREET FIREHOUSE

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE CUTS RIBBON ON NEW CATHERINE STREET FIREHOUSE
 
ELIZABETH, NJ – October 5, 2016 – Yesterday, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage was joined by Councilman
William Gallman, Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, Jr.,
Councilman Kevin Kiniery and Councilman Carlos Torres, as well as Fire Officials and residents at the grand
opening and ribbon cutting of the new Catherine Street Firehouse.
 
“The City of Elizabeth is committed to the protection and well-being of our community and will continue to
provide our first responders with the quality equipment and facilities they need and deserve,” said Mayor
Bollwage. “Whether it is preparing for their duties through training, their fearless response to calls or working in
our community, this facility will better meet the day-to-day needs of our firefighters”
 
The Catherine Street firehouse has been reconstructed and includes upgrades, additions and enhancements to
improve firefighter response The two story structure includes a basement; is designed to be LEED-certified; has
the capacity to store three pieces of apparatus and an ambulance within its bays; as well as contains facilities for
both men and women. Engine #6 and EMS #6 will be located within this station.
 
In addition to increasing Fire Department efficiency and effectiveness, this initiative was designed to incorporate
environmentally conscious and cost-saving products to support a greener tomorrow. The building contains energy
efficient systems and fixtures such as: HVAC and LED lighting as well as faucets, sinks and windows, which will
conserve resources and reduce expenses.
 
There are also on-site washers and dryers to keep Turnout gear clean, in proper working condition and ready for
the next call. This feature eliminates time spent traveling to other firehouses to maintain personal protective
uniforms as well as increases first responder health along with their ability to respond to events successfully. Bifold
doors to the bay area were also incorporated to provide more room for fire trucks and specialized apparatus.
Furthermore, to ensure that the firehouse has the capability to remain operational in the event of power loss, a
back-up generator has also been installed.
 
“The safety needs of our residents continue to be a priority for Elizabeth. The new firehouse will provide
additional services, enhance emergency response capabilities and improve the overall quality of life throughout the
city,” said Councilman William Gallman, Jr. “We are grateful to our firefighters for bravely serving our
community and helping to protect Elizabeth’s neighborhoods.”
 
As part of the grand opening, attendees were invited to take a tour of the new facility.