First Responder Campus debuts in Ocala

 

Ocala Fire Rescue and the Ocala Police Department (OPD) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the MLK First Responder Campus on Thursday.

Ocala Police and Ocala Fire Rescue honor guard present the colors during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the MLK First Responder Campus in Ocala on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Ocala. The campus is the new home of the Ocala Fire Rescue Station 1, a community center and West Ocala Police substation. The fire station moved from its longtime home at Tuscawilla Park. [Alan Youngblood/Special to the Ocala Gazette]
The campus, at 505 N.W. MLK Jr. Ave., broke ground in December of 2019. Made possible through the one percent Public Safety and Transportation Infrastructure Sales Tax, the campus is home to Ocala Fire Rescue administration and Station 1, an Ocala Police Department substation, a basketball court, a community room, and the Ocala Fire Museum.

Remarks were provided by Ocala Fire Chief Shane Alexander, Chaplain Joe LaCognata, City Council President Jay Musleh, City of Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn, Ocala Police Major Lou Biondi, CullisonWright President Barry Mansfield, Senator Dennis Baxley, Pastor James Pullings, and Chamber & Economic Partnership President and CEO Kevin Sheilley.

“This is not a typical government building,” Chief Alexander said. “This campus is a catalytic project meant to serve as common grounds where residents and public safety personnel can interact freely, safely, and in a familiar manner.”

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