BRIER HILL - The Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department has moved into its $1 million fire station nearly eight months after construction began.
Everything is coming together, Building Committee Chairman James R. Lowery said. Weve reached a very important milestone.
The station, located at the intersection of School Street and Route 37, is roughly twice the size of the departments old fire station at 2704 Route 37.
Mr. Lowery said the new station, built by D.C. Building Systems, Watertown, makes training and vehicle maintenance easier.
In the old building vehicles would have to be moved outside in order to work on them, Mr. Lowery said.
The department has five vehicles and a boat.
In addition to a substantial amount of space, the new station also boasts more office space and a training and meeting room that the department plans to rent out to community groups looking for conference space, Mr. Lowery said.
Brier Hill Fire Department Chief Shawn R. Macaulay said the station has also allowed the department to finally use some equipment its had in storage for years.
A turnout gear washing machine and dryer that the department acquired several years ago have been installed for the first time, Mr. Macaulay said, giving the department the ability to keep their gear in proper working order more easily.
We used it the other day for the first time, Mr. Macaulay said of the washing machine. Its a lot of work to set it up.
The department plans on installing the parking lot in the spring.
But the project isnt yet complete, Mr. Lowery said.
The framework for a large community center off the back of the fire station was set up during the project, but the department still needs roughly $200,000 to complete construction.
In the meantime the department will continue to use its old station for community events.
Once its finished the community center would feature a full kitchen and room for 250 people, Mr. Macaulay said.
In order to help fund the project the department is hoping to sell 260 acres of land near the intersection of the Ireland Road and Route 37. Mr. Macaulay said the department has been in touch with some people who are interested in the property, but no offers have been made. The land has been on the market for two years.
Anyone interested in the land should call the department at 375-4128.