The Baton Rouge Fire Department celebrated the grand opening Tuesday of its new Wooddale Fire Station No. 8, which replaces the old Wooddale station on Lobdell Boulevard that was built in 1950.

The new 8,400-square-foot station that cost about $2.3 million sits on the northeast corner of the Louisiana State Police complex, which also houses the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

Department spokesman Robert Combs said the new station will be capable of housing two trucks, up to 12 people and an alternate communications’ center.

If anything were to happen to the Emergency Operations Center at the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security, which is where the department’s dispatchers are located, the staff can move to the new facility and continue working.