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Topic: New WDW Fire Station Opens 8/15/03 @ 9 am, Near Wyndham Palace & Saratoga Springs< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: Aug. 07, 2003 4:24 am/pm Quote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FOURTH FIRE STATION TO OPEN

Firefighters, Sheriff's Office to Share Facility

Lake Buena Vista, Florida:  The Reedy Creek Improvement District ("Reedy Creek") will open its fourth fire station Friday, August 15, 2003. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:00 am.  This fire station will share it's facilities with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Reedy Creek's Information Services Department. The building is located at 1920 East Buena Vista Drive in Lake Buena Vista next to the Wyndham Palace Resort. This unique building will feature an oversized
fire helmet over the entrance, a huge fire hydrant, and a fire hose stretching across the station doors to a big nozzle flowing water into a fountain.

The fire station is to house two ambulance/rescue trucks, an engine and an all-wheel drive woods truck. Firefighters and apparatus will be taken from other Reedy Creek fire stations - the engine crews will be reduced from four to three firefighters. This will keep the Reedy Creek Fire Department at current staffing levels and will add no additional fire apparatus.

As this station prepares to open Reedy Creek and the Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters (the "Union") continue to negotiate for a fair contract. The Union has been working  without a contract since December 31, 2002.

The Reedy Creek Fire Department's primary response area is approximately 38.6 square miles, or 25,000 acres, which is located just southwest of Orlando, Florida. This area includes the cities of Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake. Reedy Creek firefighters have been protecting the properties of Walt Disney World since 1968. The Union, Local 2117, was established by the International Association of Fire Fighters in 1972.  Fire Department personnel provide: 9-1-1 communications, fire suppression, emergency medical treatment and transport, as well as shared responsibility for building inspections and public education.  The Fire Department currently operates out of three fire stations which house seven advanced life support ambulances, three engine companies, two tower trucks, three woods trucks, one squad vehicle and one tanker truck.

Firefighters work 24-hour shifts with 48 hours off. All of the
firefighters hold either Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic certification as well as Florida Fire-Safety Inspector certification.

The Union's representation includes the dispatchers and the paramedics and emergency medical technicians who work in the four Disney World theme parks and Downtown Disney.

For additional information:
Local 2117 Web site:  www.reedycreek.org


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