Twenty-five years after building the current station, the fire department is aiming to make the facility more suitable with a $3 million addition, reports InsideNova.com.
Currently, air mattresses are lined up on the little available floor space and volunteers have even slept atop fire trucks. Firefighters cannot move between trucks and firefighters store equipment in a shed out back. The fire station is not big enough to house the full fleet and store some trucks outside.
Plans to add to the existing fire station include bunk rooms, air conditioning, office space, equipment storage, new bays and more. The addition’s site plan has been approved while the building plan is being reviewed by county officials.
The $3 million addition will require a downpayment of about $750,000. While the department has raised enough for that downpayment over the last seven years, estimated annual payments are $110,000. The station’s board of directors must ensure that the department’s finances are in stable enough condition to do so. The coronavirus pandemic has caused the department’s annual fundraising to plummet by $30,000 this year. Usually, the department raises about $70,000 annually. The department had initially planned to tear down the fire station and build a $6 million fire station.