Carrollton Fire Rescue Administration Relocates to Gravley Center in Downtown Carrollton
Carrollton Fire Rescue Administration has relocated from City Hall (1945 E. Jackson Road) to the Gravley Center (1111 W. Belt Line Road #100) in Downtown Carrollton. The move was celebrated on Thursday, May 10 with a grand opening ceremony.
CFR employees and retirees, City Council members, City leaders, and Downtown merchants gathered for an open house of the office space and a ceremonial fire hose “uncoupling” in lieu of a ribbon cutting. Deceased Carrollton firefighters and their families were also honored through the dedication of the bell that will be mounted on Truck 112.
Before modern day sirens, the sounding of a bell alerted firefighters at the beginning and ending of their shifts and at the beginning and ending of each alarm, Fire Chief Gregg Salmi said. A bell also solemnly announced when a firefighter had died in the line of duty, paying the ultimate sacrifice.
“The bell we dedicated has been on one of our fire trucks since 1997 and was recently engraved with the names of Carrollton firefighters who have passed away,” Salmi said. “This is one of our ways of honoring their dedicated service to this department and to the citizens of Carrollton.”
The names engraved on the bell are that of Former Chief Harold Bessire, Former Chief FJ Douglas, Larry Brim, Charles Calhoun, Kevin Flamik, JE Ingram, Burlon Ivie, Darl Nigh, Dewey Owens, Mike Taylor, Gerald Thomas, Marcus Wade, and Bill Winter.
The Gravley Center provides CFR with more of a presence in Downtown Carrollton and a larger office space including its own training room. Salmi said administration is happy to be Downtown in a building rich with City history.
“The Gravley Center was the original Carrollton Fire Station #1 and City Hall that was built in 1951, so you could say we have returned to our roots,” Salmi said. “We feel at home in Downtown Carrollton and the business owners and patrons have made us feel very welcome here.”
Residents needing to speak with a member of the Fire Marshal’s Office, Fire Prevention, or Emergency Management can call the administrative staff at 972-466-3070. For more information about Carrollton Fire Rescue, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fire.