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Tampa, Florida -- Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined Tampa Fire Rescue for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of new Fire Station #19 in Port Tampa Monday morning.

The new station, located at 7910 Interbay Boulevard, replaces an aging station that served the area and will begin responding to emergency calls immediately after Monday's ceremony.

"Phasing out obsolete and aging fire stations to meet modern standards is part of a Fire Rescue service that is one of the top in the country," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The new station will ensure that the men and women of Tampa Fire Rescue have the working conditions they deserve and that the residents of the Port Tampa area get the quality of services they depend on."

The new station is an 8,660-square-foot facility with a three bay apparatus garage with attached work and sleeping quarters. The design incorporates several sustainability features, including high efficiency lighting and controls, solar powered exterior lighting, energy efficient HVAC system, solar powered hot water heating, use of recycled materials, and Florida-friendly landscaping.

The station will serve the Port Tampa, Gandy - Sun Bay South, and Interbay areas, the same areas previously served by the aging station. It will also continue to provide aid to the coastal areas with fireboat #19.

The aging Station #19, which is located at 4916 W. Ingraham St, was built in 1961, the same year that Port Tampa was annexed into the City of Tampa. The new station cost $2.5 million and was funded through the Community Investment Tax.

In addition to this station in Port Tampa, the City of Tampa has recently replaced aging Station #11 in the Sulphur Springs area and opened a new station, Station #22, in New Tampa.

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