Fire officials are hoping to expand the Spit Brook Road fire station within the next year.
“We have been discussing this going back probably since 2001,” Fire Chief Brian Morrissey told aldermen this week.
Morrissey would like to utilize capital improvement funds to add a third bay to the facility, which was originally constructed in 1977.
When the Spit Brook Road fire station was built, Morrissey said it was designed to serve a much different property base than what currently exists in that section of Nashua.
New development has surfaced in that area of the city in recent years, including the Tara Heights complex, some retail shops and a small medical office building. Furthermore, the Monis Farm Estates development on Searles Road is slated to bring potentially 38 new homes to the vicinity, according to Morrissey.
A fire engine truck and ladder truck are currently housed at the Spit Brook Road fire station, 124 Spit Brook Rd.
“We have very limited room for training. The building is undersized for what we need to do out of that property,” said the chief, noting a third, larger bay would help accommodate the bulky ladder truck. An extra bay would also allow space for one of the department’s forestry vehicles, he added.
Nashua Fire Rescue currently operates out of eight facilities, which include six fire stations, a dispatch center and a training site. Previously, two locations within the city were identified as potential sites for a new fire station — a parcel near Nashua Community College and the other near Main Dunstable Road.
“Our goal is to be under five (minutes) for response time,” said Morrissey, explaining there are about four areas in Nashua that continuously take longer than five minutes to arrive on the scene.
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