VIDEO: The city of Boston celebrated the opening of its first new firehouse in more than three decades on Thursday.
The new $23.5 million, state-of-the-art facility is the Engine 42, Rescue 2, District 9 Firehouse in Roxbury. “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,” said Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It was designed from start to finish with firefighters in mind. It is complete with in-house training opportunities around every corner and at every height. It also has a sparkling new kitchen, a gym, and sleeping quarters. “I can see the smiles in all the firefighters faces. It’s just an awesome feeling for us to take this over,” said Robert Dowling, Chief of District 9.