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Boston opens first new firehouse in decades

The $23.5M Roxbury facility has a decontamination room, extended apparatus bays and several training areas


Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey and other officials celebrated the new firehouse Thursday.

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By Leila Merrill

BOSTON — Boston held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for its first new firehouse in more than 30 years, CBS Boston reported.

The $23.5 million, modern facility has a decontamination room, three extended apparatus bays, a 25-seat training room, a rooftop training deck, a confined space training prop, and a training stair tower, according to a news release from the city. The firehouse also has a kitchen, a gym and sleeping quarters.

The new firehouse is the Engine 42, Rescue 2, District 9 Firehouse in Roxbury. It replaced the firehouse that was built in 1952, but it includes four plaques with the names of firefighters from previous firehouses who died in the line of duty.

“It’s so important that we make sure that our first responders, our frontline workers, have the support and the tools necessary to do their jobs and to do it with honor and integrity,” Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey said at Thursday’s event.