Grand opening scheduled for new fire station at Sasebo
December 12, 2003
HARIOSHIMA ORDNANCE FACILITY, Japan — Sasebo Naval Base’s Fire Department will officially open the new Station 15 next week.
A grand-opening ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. Monday and will feature a ribbon cutting at the new 5,000-square-foot station.
Firefighters, invited guests and other base personnel will attend, some to see the recently completed station for the first time, Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Clark said.
The event also will include taste-bud-scalding “umpteen-dozen-alarm” chili cooked by the $750,000 station’s 11-member crew in the firehall’s kitchen. Cool drinks also are planned.
After the traditional ribbon snipping, Sasebo Naval Base Commander Capt. Michael James will offer comments ushering the new fire station into its operational mode.
“The new station and the firefighters attached here maintain readiness 24/7 utilizing two shifts,” Clark said. “Even though the building has two large stalls for fire engines, this station will function as a single-engine company for the foreseeable future.”
Harioshima Ordnance Facility, a small waterfront U.S. Navy installation that stores, maintains and provides fleet ammunition, has few visitors because of its isolated locale, Clark said.
Station 15 was funded under a slightly different process than most structures on U.S. bases in Japan.
“Almost all new buildings are built and paid for by the Japan Defense Facilities Administration Agency, but this time we handled the entire project,” Clark said.
Seabee construction work accounted for about $500,000 of the total project, he said, adding: “Then we outfitted the firehouse with everything else needed inside and spent about another [$250,000] on that.”
The new station replaces a former one at the Harioshima Ordnance Facility, closed because it was in disrepair.