Walker County Emergency Services (WCES) invites the public to an open house and ribbon cutting for Fire Station 2 on Friday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hot dogs, chips, drinks and snacks will be provided during this open house event. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place around 11:30 a.m. Fire Station 2 is located at 63 Cubine Road in Flintstone.

Renovation work began earlier this year to convert the volunteer station into Walker County's fourth full-time fire station. Sleeping quarters, furniture and other amenities have been added to the building.

Three career firefighters now serve the community from Station 2, providing 24/7/365 protection. In addition to being staffed around the clock, Station 2 features a Quick Response Vehicle, which can respond to any incident, but is primarily used for medical calls and traffic incidents.

Fire Chief Blake Hodge says, "I'm excited to utilize existing resources to better serve the citizens in northern Walker County. This full-time staffed station will reduce response times, improving the timeframe for those in need of medical care and fire suppression efforts."

Station 2 has served the Flintstone/Chattanooga Valley area since the early 1970's and was replaced in the late 1990s.

WCES also operates full-time stations in LaFayette, Rock Spring and Chickamauga, as well as several volunteer stations. WCES serves over 68,000 residents, business owners and community groups encompassing 462 square miles.