OGDEN, UTAH — Ogden City had their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the new Ogden City Fire Station #3 today.
Mike Mathieu, Ogden City’s Fire Chief and Mayor Mike Caldwell were in attendance and spoke at the grand opening. Mayor Caldwell read a quote about firefighters by an unknown author:
What is a firefighter?
He’s the guy next door….
He’s a guy like you and me with warts and worries and unfulfilled dreams.
Yet he stands taller than most of us.
He’s a fireman….
A fireman is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of men.
He’s a man who saves lives because he has seen too much death.
He’s a gentle man because he has seen the awesome power of violence out of control.
He’s responsive to a child’s laughter because his arms have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again….
He doesn’t preach the brotherhood of man.
He lives it.
The new station replaces the current 70-year-old station located at 340 Washington Blvd that was built in 1946. The new facility is a modern 10,555 sq. ft. station that will be staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by seven full time professional firefighters.
The station includes a fire engine, paramedic rescue squad, ambulance, living quarters, apparatus bays, fitness facilities and a community education room.