Acting Mayor Kim Janey, Fire Commissioner John Dempsey and Boston firefighters today cut a ceremonial ribbon to open the new home of Engine 42 and Rescue 2 at Columbus Avenue and Bragdon Street in Roxbury - a $23.5-million replacement for the old station there that includes a ventilation system aimed at keeping carcinogens brought in from fires from reaching firefighter quarters on the second floor.
The new 2 1/2-floor station, work on which began two years ago, replaces a station built in 1952. The new building has 23,000 square feet of space, compared to 6,000 in the old building.
In addition to the better ventilation, the new station also has three bays and classroom and roof training spaces, which will mean fewer trips to the department training facility on Moon Island off Quincy. The station has a total of 14 bunk beds and a fitness room as well.
Still to come: Public art at the firehouse.