Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Second Avenue Grade School?

My husband, Mike, sent me this 1952 photo of the old 2nd Avenue grade school. Someone in his office found it and passed it along for me. Fire Station One stands there right now, with the new Fire Station One construction behind it. The walls are still there, and most/some of those blocks will be incorporated into the memorial wall. You might be able to see that there are poles near the curbs in the streets. Could they be parking meters? The photo was too grainy to know for sure, but isn't it fun to take a peek into the past?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Everyone needs a driveway!

I've been told that Fire Station 1's build is ahead of schedule. Yay!!! That means our memorial will be built earlier, too. As you can see in the banner, the kitchen, living areas, and the bunk rooms galvanized steel (makes sense since they are fireproof) studs are up and being sheathed. The roof has most of its sheathing, too. They've framed the huge driveway and laid out the rebar. Next comes the concrete. How exiting!

 Here is the rendering that I submitted to Chief McArthur. He liked it, but it can and probably will change somewhat before it is actually built. Fire station 1 is being built/rebuilt on historic land. Years ago 2nd Avenue grade? school sat there until it burned down. Then the city built it as a stand alone fire station--Station 1. There is a rock and block wall that runs along 2nd avenue that the chief would like to be incorporated into design. Totally doable! The blocks are in good enough shape, but not sure what they will look like after they are dismantled with their big machinery. Keep your fingers crossed there are enough for our small memorial. This will sit inside a roundabout and will have access so people can walk inside and sit on the low wall. The roundabout will be inside the fire station's property, so regular north-side city traffic won't be a problem or a danger for anybody wanting to relax and reflect. 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A building in progress

This is a picture of the land behind Yuma Fire Station #1 about two weeks after the groundbreaking ceremony. Huge tractors and earth moving machines ate away tons of dirt, while big water trucks sprinkled continuously across their work to keep dust down to a minimum. My dutiful husband climbs up on the fire station’s roof twice a week or so to take pictures of the progress, not only for posterity, but to keep me happy. I’m afraid of heights. I climbed up on that roof just once—and that was more than enough for me, thank you very much!  
As you can see in this last picture, there are pillars being built. They have something to do with the building's footings. I saw the rendering a couple of weeks ago when I went to my husband's office at city hall. It will be a very pretty building--when it's done. I believe it's on schedule. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

We Will Never Forget - September 11th - Twin Towers Artifact

Back in the middle of 2011, the City of Yuma Fire Chief Jack McArthur was able to secure our department a piece of history. This 24 inch by 9 inch by 18 inch remnant I-beam artifact of the Twin Tower will be the centerpiece of a memorial dedicated for those emergency responders who lost their lives September 11, 2001. 

What is an artifact? They could be personal items found in the rubble, or parts of a destroyed building. In our picture is a small piece of a structural I-beam. There are indentations in the residual concrete where other steel crossbeams rested against it. Were they placed there before or after it fell, that may never be known for certain. There are other artifacts that have been shipped across the country and around the world by the New Jersey Port Authority, to be put on display in museums or at fire departments as a reminder of that tragic day, things like a burned out ambulance, a crushed Port Authority Police car . . . a badge. 

The memorial will be built after the completion of Fire Station 1, in November of 2012.   

Sketches of the memorial design are underway. As soon as they are approved, I'll upload them and you can see what will be coming for our artifact. When it's completed, the memorial will be open for those who wish to visit and reflect. 

We will never forget!