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January 14, 2013

$2.5 M Morrisonville firehouse addition up for vote

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And the updates would put the fire station in line with new energy codes, Rabideau said, which would lead to savings down the line.

’CRAMPED’

The fire station was built in three phases, beginning in 1954. The most recent major construction was back in 1986, when firefighters volunteered their time to building a new bay, he said. 

The Fire District paid for the materials, he said.

The facility, located on Route 22B, has not been expanded or been updated in step with the increasing technology and size of modern fire equipment, the commissioners said in the release.

Architect Andrew Abdallah of the Architectural Engineering Design Association in Plattsburgh drew up plans for the addition.

They show five truck bays with larger doors and higher ceilings. 

“We’re cramped for room right now,” Brown said.

’SECURITY THREAT’

And there’s another issue with inadequate space, too. In one of the truck bays, firefighters are often suiting up in the area where they hang their gear, only a few feet from the truck, Brown said. And when the vehicle pulls out of the station, the fumes from the exhaust could contaminate the fire suits, he said.

The station currently houses three pumpers, two brush trucks, one rescue vehicle, one antique truck and a van that contains water rescue equipment.

Sometimes the van has to be parked outside because of space constraints and, although the firehouse has a surveillance system, this poses a security threat, Rabideau said.

DECONTAMINATION ROOM

The fitness room in the plans would contain weight-training equipment for the department’s 45 firefighters; the “day room” would give mutual-aid companies a place to gather and relax when they are covering for Morrisonville.

The community room, used for department fundraisers, would almost double in size, with enough seating for 99 people, Rabideau said. 

The “deconditioning” or decontamination room would give firefighters a place to strip off their gear and take showers after returning from a fire. The industrial washer purchased by the department five years ago and the dryer they bought last year would go in that room, he said. 

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