A day of celebration and dedication those in attendance heard from Slake Lake Fire Chief Kurt Cook and Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank on just how much this means to them and the community.
Chief Burbank tells ABC 4 Utah “What's most important is the combined police and fire presence here. Very rarely is there an incident that is exclusive to the police department exclusive to the fire department. It should never be a battle or a question.”
Home to police, fire, 911 dispatch and an emergency operation center the new building is built to last and as Chief Cook states it's night and day compared to the old building.
“We've had raw sewage in the building we've had elevators stuck, we've had fires, believe it or not, so to move into a building like this it's a remarkable change for the employees,” says Chief Cook.
Touring through the new building, it is energy efficient equipped with solar panels and earthquake shock absorbers. “This thing will withstand a significant earthquake, almost a magnitude 8 earthquake, and that being said every single feature about this building promotes safety within so we can have a sustainable operation in the event we have a major disaster,” says Chief Cook.
Free Tours begin Saturday from 10a.m. to 6p.m and continue until July 27th but will be closed July 24th. The building is located at 475 S. 300 East