A $7 million renovation and expansion project for the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company is under way with a nod to its history which started when Miilton S. Hershey signed his name on the charter in 1905.
When completed, the company will boast five bays to accommodate its fire apparatus, structural enhancements that include office space, storage and an on-site training tower, sleeping quarters for six to 12 crews and increased parking for responding volunteers.
The design by KD3 Architect and Pyramid Construction, the design and build team for the project, was able to incorporate this historic look into a modern building.
The original station was torn down to make room for the Hershey chocolate factory. The current station was built in 1928 and was expanded first in 1950, then again in 1970.
The Hershey Volunteer Fire Company responds to 800 to 1,000 fire calls each year — an average of three per day — in Derry Twp. and the neighboring communities. The department consists of 91 volunteers, including five fire police and 12 juniors. None receive any pay.
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