Norwalk Sen. Bob Duff called it "bar non, the best fire house in the state of Connecticut."
If there's one thing you can say about the Norwalk Fire Department's new fire station, it's that Norwalk seems to be proud of it.
Mayor Richard Moccia called it a "beautiful," "first class" and "modern" building.
Saturday firefighters, residents and city officials officially christened the new fire house on Connecticut Avenue. The three-story, 31,000 square foot structure cost $15 million.
"This is not just a dedication of a fixture," said Common Council president Doug Hempstead. "But respect for those individuals that think first for the safety of others before they think about themselves."
Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said the new station allows the department the opportunity to provide better services than it ever has before.
The station has all the bells and whistles for Norwalk's firefighters, but the building also houses the city's data center and the Board of Education's data center.
The new building also feature's the city's central Emergency Operations Center.
"This is not just a fire station," McCarthy said. "This is a community space that serves the city in many, many ways."
The fire house is expected to hold up for at least 75 years. That's compared to the old Volk central station, which lasted 48 years.