The City of Mobile broke ground on the new fire station on Springhill Avenue on Thursday to better serve citizens in that area during times of emergency.

“We must address the condition and age of our fire stations,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “Instead of continuing to throw good money after bad on these facilities, we are investing in new facilities. Our citizens can have the assurance that this top notch facility will aid our firefighters to respond to emergencies swiftly and safely. We will continue to provide our first responders with the tools and resources they need to protect our citizens’ lives.”

The new fire station will replace the Gus Rehm Fire Station that closed down three years ago, due to safety reasons. The 60-year-old facility has since been demolished.

“This station is essential to ensuring prompt response times for the communities of Toulminville, Midtown, Moffett Road and Trinity Gardens,” Councilman Fred Richardson, who represents Crichton, said. “It’s also important to our first responders because it will provide better coverage of these areas.”

The groundbreaking comes on the heels of the City Council’s unanimous decision to approve Mark Sealy as the new fire chief. Stimpson appointed Sealy on Friday and the City Council voted on the appointment during Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.