The Jackson Fire Department has officially reopened a shuttered city fire station, but officials said some improvements are needed to the building.
Fire Station No. 2, 1906 S. Milwaukee St., reopened Sunday, Jan. 9, with staff, one fire engine and the hope of increasing safety on that side of the city, Jackson Police and Fire Services Director Elmer Hitt said. Station No. 2 has been vacant since 2011, with the city only being served by Station No. 1 at 518 N. Jackson St. “I am super excited to see Fire Station No. 2 reactivated,” Jackson Mayor Daniel Mahoney said during the Tuesday, Jan. 11 Jackson City Council meeting, echoing the council’s support for reopening the station.
Jackson needs a fire station on its south side, Hitt said, adding he believes it will help the city increase safety by being able to respond to calls faster.
“It brings something back to that neighborhood,” Hitt said.