Birmingham Fire Station No. 5

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Birmingham Fire Station No. 5

Birmingham Fire Station No. 5 was the Birmingham Fire Department's station for the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport until 2022.

The station was located at 5601 East Lake Boulevard, it housed Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) trucks, combination units, and a tender. The station was staffed by a combination of Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service personnel, state personnel, and Air National Guard personnel from the 117th Air Refueling Wing.

The fire company moved to that location from an older single-bay station which operated one 750-gallon pumper at 1300 19th Street North in Fountain Heights.

In 2021 the City of Birmingham filed a civil lawsuit against several manufacturers of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, alleging that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) in those products, used in firefighting, introduced toxic substances into the soil and groundwater, specifically in the area around Station No. 5.

A new $12.4 million Birmingham Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station opened in 2022, replacing Station No. 5. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service personnel staff that facility under contract to the Birmingham Airport Authority.


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  • Gann, Heather (March 3, 2023) "Birmingham suing the same chemical companies as Birmingham Water Works for PFA contamination."

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