station-1-fc-cc_web.jpgMIAMI — Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR), officials and residents have celebrated the opening of Liberty City Station 2.

Firehouse 2 houses “Aerial 2,” recognized as the busiest ladder truck in the country.

It also houses two advanced life support (ALS) rescue units and a battalion chief.

The new station celebrated on March 4 is located at 6460 N.W. 27th Ave. in Miami, on the same property of the previous station built in the early 1970s.

The 12,038-square-foot, triple-bay facility includes a training tower, classroom and joins stations 40 and 16 as MDFR’s newest “green,” station.

Capable of housing up to 12 firefighters, the new facility helps to decrease response time while increasing services in the community, officials said. The opening of the station enables Miami-Dade County to continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Liberty City and its surrounding areas, they said.

During the event, Capt. Bill Gustin was honored for his 35 years of service with MDFR, having served the last 25 years as captain of Station 2.

Gustin was presented with a plaque and a proclamation from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

With the opening of Station 2, MDFR started another tradition: the truck push. Officials noted that in the 1800s, when a new station was built, members of the community and the firefighters ceremoniously pushed the fire engine into the new station for the first time.“This tradition links the past to the present,” said Fire Chief Dave Downey.