Walpole Fire Station GroundbreakingCategory: Company Updates
Two loud blasts from the fire horn atop the old Walpole Fire Station on Stone Street Thursday evening signaled the building’s retirement. The new, $14.2 million fire station will be built in the same location as the old one, and local officials gathered Thursday in front of a crowd to formalize a groundbreaking ceremony.
“We’re thrilled that the project is officially off the ground now,” Selectman Chairman Eric Kraus said. “With 5,200 calls a year, we needed a facility that can accommodate everything our department needs to do.”
The new station is expected to have six bays, and significantly more space than the current station. Officials say the new building should be completed by April 2019.
“It’s much-needed,” Fire Chief Timothy Bailey, Jr. said. “This facility was very cramped, very tight.”
The new building will be the third fire station in the same location since 1902, Kraus said, and the current building had been constructed in 1954. Bailey pointed out that the department was a smaller, call fire department at that time, and has since grown considerably.
“As the department’s responsibilities and staffing have grown since 1983, the new facility will alleviate the overcrowding that currently exists in our outdated station,” Kraus told the crowd, “and it will provide much needed workspace for our personnel to perform their essential duties.”
Excerpt from Wicked Local Walpole Article - Thursday, April 13, 2017
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