Improvements to Goffstown’s (NH) three fire stations will cost $3.3 million. The recommendations come for a committee studying the stations’ conditions.
The Fire Station Improvement Committee recommended a $3.3 million bond to present to voters in March. The buildings, some built as early as 1959, have not seen any significant renovation, said Fire Chief Richard O’Brien.
According to O’Brien, major issues at all three stations include a lack of space and outdated construction. Currently, all doors at the stations are 11 feet high, which O’Brien said doesn’t accommodate larger modern fire trucks.
“They were built for the equipment and apparatus designed for the day,” he said. “Modern fire apparatus has grown tremendously.”
O’Brien said the door size has been a factor in the way new trucks are purchased, noting that in 2009 the town spent an additional $153,000 to custom build a tower/ladder unit with a lower height clearance.
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