Substation opens its doors on Southside

Kaitlin and Melissa Cheadle played on the rescue truck at the open house and grand opening of the ADPS substation on Citadel Drive Saturday. (Staff photo by Suzanne Stone)

The Aiken Department of Public Safety opened its doors to the community Saturday for a grand opening and open house at its new substation on Citadel Drive. The two-hour open house brought in several members of Aiken City Council and Aiken County Council, City Manager Roger LeDuc and County Administrator Clay Killian for the ribbon cutting, as well as curious members of the community, according to ADPS Chief Pete Frommer. "This is a neat ribbon cutting and opening because it's like a neighborhood event. We've had about 200 people, a lot of them from this neighborhood, and a lot of them brought their kids," Frommer said. ADPS will share the new three-bay substation with Aiken County EMS, with Public Safety's offices on one side of the bays and EMS facilities on the other side. ADPS will keep one truck and one officer on duty at the new substation in an effort to improve response times on the Southside, according to Frommer. ADPS and Aiken County EMT personnel gave tours of the $1-million facility, served food and drink, showed off their trucks and rescue equipment and gave safety-themed handouts and toys to children at the open house. "I was interested in seeing the new facility," said Marnie Hall, who visited the open house with her two children. "We live in the neighborhood, and we've been watching them build it a little bit. It's great, and we're excited to have it here." "My favorite part's the ambulance," said Hall's 3-year-old son Quentin. "Everybody's loved the station - the looks of it, and how it fits into the neighborhood," Frommer said. "People have said they're thrilled to have us as neighbors. Some have said they hope they never have to call us, but they're glad to know we're here." Contact Suzanne Stone at sstone@aikenstandard.com.