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    We are about to move operations into a new, replacement fire station. We would like to salute our former station before demolition occurs. Does anyone have any traditions for this type of "un-dedicating" ceremony?
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    After we moved all the trucks,gear grids,furniture,hoses,equipmen t,personal gear and decorations from the old Number 2 station to the new one,Central Dispatch came up on the county wide channel and tapped us out to the new station for muster and passed the word,"From now on,respond to the new station....".
    Basically,we had a working party that turned into just a party while moving and figuring out where to put all this stuff in a building that you could put every one of the department vehicles in and still have room for the old building.
    The next month was the Annual Christmas Dinner where the Senior Trustee said that we weren't getting a knife,jacket or other trinket in addition to our points checks like we usually did because they had just bought us a new station for a VERY hefty price tag.
    One of our more technologically savvy members had put together a slide show of the move in and started it off with the dispatch announcement complete with the departmental tones dropping and that "New Station 2 for Reidland Farley Fire Department is now active.From now on,respond to the new station for all calls."
    There was a formal opening ceremony with all officers wearing the new dress uniforms that were authorized during the construction period.The rank and file had not yet been issued uniforms so they wore BDUs and department T shirts but still looked sharp.
    After dedicating the station with deluge guns from all engines,the station was open to the public for tours and a lot of hot dogs,hamburgers and soft drinks.
    I've since left that department but when I visit Paducah,Kentucky,the first place I go is there and with all the use,the equipment bay looks as sharp as it did 4 years ago.
    Take care of the new station and it will remain a place of pride and new traditions in your department.

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    Make sure to take a piece of the building or something permanant from it to the new station.
    If you have some memorable piece of the station or even a couple of old bricks, that should honor the well used fire station.
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    When we moved from our old HQ in 1995 to the new HQ, the only items that came along weer the kitchen and conference room tables. They were refinished and brought to the then new station.

    When I cleaned out my locker, I wrote "Dump, sweet dump" on the blackboard outside of the fire alarm room....
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    thanks for the ideas, guys. We have plans to include brick panels from the adjacent 1921 station (demo'd 01.21.09) and our 1952 station (about to be demo'd when we move) as well as a pair of light fixtures from the 1921 station. We won't be dedicating for another year, because the station is being built in two phases because of proximity of the operating 1952 station. The dispatch transfer sounds like a good idea. Thanks again.
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