It took 1.2 million dollars and just over six months to build, but as of noon Tuesday, Perry's new firehouse was up and running.
13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet was there for moving day.
Lieutenant Charles Mundy cleared his locker out at station one and prepared for his new home away from home.
They packed up their things and headed north, to the new Davis Farm Station at 150 Commodore Drive. Located right off of Houston Lake Road.
It didn't take long for the unpacking to start. They quickly moved into their new lockers, claimed their bunks and secured space in the kitchen pantry.
"To actually be inside of it after all of the years that have gone by, is very encouraging." explained Lt. Charles Mundy.
Sgt. Tom Schonau said, "It's great to have another facility, headquarters was pretty crowded sharing one bathroom with six guys."
Mundy says the new location will help his team better protect the citizens in Perry, and Schonau agreed.
"I joined the fire department to help people, so our response times will be cut down in half on the north part of the area that we cover and that will help out a lot."
But Mundy says new isn't everything.
"The station is just a building. It's the people inside that really makes it home if you will, our second home."
They moved one fire truck from station one to station two, but Chief Joel Gray asked members of Perry City Council to approve the purchase of a new one.
The new truck would have a 65 foot remote control arm that the driver of the truck can operate while the other firefighters drag hoses closer to the burn.
Chief Gray explained the need, and council approved.
It will take two years to build the $750,000 truck and adding it will improve the ISO insurance rating for residents in Perry.
But the city is still struggling with how to fully staff the department; something Mayor Jimmy Faircloth says won't be solved any time soon.
"What we're hoping that we can do is add a shift each fiscal year over a three year period in order to be fully staffed for the Davis Farm Station. That does not appear like it's going to happen this fiscal year."
A shift consists of three firefighters at a time at the Davis Farm firehouse. To be considered fully staffed, the city would need to add at least three more firefighters to the shift.