Atlanta firehouse gets a hot makeover


IKEA chips in to make crew feel comfy with new goods
 
By H.M. Cauley
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
ATLANTA, Ga. — Jack Harper, a medic at Atlanta's Firehouse No. 23 on Howell Mill Road, has done the math. "We work 24 hours on and 48 hours off, so we spend one-third of our lives here," he said.

So when Harper and his five colleagues are on call, they're also at their home-away-from-home in one of the city's oldest fire stations. Its main room: The giant garage that houses their two emergency vehicles. But on either side are the rooms where they eat, watch TV, cook and sleep. And what drab rooms they were, said firefighter Kelvin Jones.

"One day, I was at IKEA and started talking to a manager there about our place," said Jones. "I asked him to come by and see our station."

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