A consultant said the town should close the fire station and hire more full-time firefighters, reports The Press Herald.
The Foreside Fire Station is the oldest in town, but has no staff assigned to it. It’s used exclusively by volunteer firefighters, which means the station is rarely occupied, according to Fire Chief Howard Rice.
Of the total 2,216 incidents the Fire Department responded to in 2019, Rice said the volunteer firefighters at Foreside were only called out 269 times. If it closes, that would leave two operational stations in town – at Central station and on Winn Road.