The new Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Station 9 on Rutledge Lane in Lebanon officially opened for business Thursday.
WEMA officials held a dedication ceremony, which featured speeches from community and WEMA officials, tours of the facility, Carroll Oakland Cub Scout Pack 13 raising the flag and an uncoupling of the station’s fire hose in place of a ribbon cutting. A Carroll Oakland Elementary School student also played the “National Anthem” on the flute.
WEMA Director Joey Cooper spoke to community members and officials on what the new station means for the area.
“This is a great day for this community,” Cooper said. “This is your community station, and this station will save valuable time and also provide great access and service to the Carroll Oakland community.”
Cooper also told how the public would benefit from the county’s expanding emergency response services.
“The new Station 9 will provide better service and protection to the residents of the community and surrounding communities. Its location will shave valuable minutes off response times and be a great service to Carroll Oakland Elementary School,” Cooper said. “I am also glad the Wilson County Commission saw the need for funding this much-needed project.”
Commissioner Kenny Reich said he’s wanted a new station for more than seven years, and now he couldn’t be more proud one is in District 6 where he represents.
Reich said the new station is a “great asset” and would provide services 15 minutes closer to the surrounding community than the current station on Oak Street.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto also spoke and thanked the men and women of WEMA for services, as well as the county commission that saw a need for a new station and helped to make it happen.
Hutto said the new station was “just one step,” and moving forward the county would again look to expand further and add another WEMA station on Hartmann Drive in the future.
WEMA provides the county with emergency medical services, fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, water rescue and disaster management.
WEMA Station 9 is the first of three new stations to open soon in the county.
For more information on WEMA or the new station, call 615-444-1383.