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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Breaks Ground on Project to Renovate Engine Company 29 Fire Station

Monday, October 22, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 22, 2012

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Kenneth Diggs (DGS) 202.580.9361; [email protected]
Darrell S. Pressley (DGS) 202.698.7703; 202-997-9017; [email protected]
Doxie A. McCoy (EOM) 202.727.9691; [email protected]

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray officially broke ground today on the Engine Company 29 renovation project which will provide safety, architectural and energy-efficient improvements to the historic fire station located at 4811 MacArthur Boulevard NW. Mayor Gray was joined by Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander Jr., and Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS) Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe for the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Engine Company 29 is the first post-World War I fire station in the District, and we are excited to be able to make these important renovations while maintaining the historic features of this fire station,” Mayor Gray said.

The Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is currently implementing a capital program for the modernization of several of its fire stations by replacing the deteriorated HVAC, structural, electrical components, and architectural features.

“We truly appreciate the Mayor’s efforts and support which have been instrumental in the renovation of our stations,” said District of Columbia Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe. “As the demands for our fire and emergency medical services continue to increase in certain communities, these renovations demonstrate our commitment to the community and our members.”

The $4.8 million renovation project for Engine Company 29 will feature the widening of the doors of the fire station to provide firefighters and paramedics with safer working conditions, along with maintaining the historic features of the facility which was built in 1925.

“With the support of Mayor Gray, FEMS and the Ward 3 community, DGS is honored to begin this important renovation project which will transform Engine Company 29’s fire station into an eco-friendly and energy efficient facility,” said Brian J. Hanlon, DGS Director.


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