A new building plan is in the works for the Halfmoon-Waterford Fire District Station 1. A previous plan was voted down back in November.
“9 years ago we realized that we needed to start looking at building a new station,” explained Fire Commissioner John D’Alessandro. “The current station had served us well, but it was not built up to standards and frankly, there were a bunch of structural issues and problems that we had to deal with.”
Those structural issues include cracks in the foundation, and old garage doors that make it a tight squeeze for bigger, more modern engines to get in and out of the station.
“Unfortunately years ago when the central part of the station was built, it was wood framed. We’ve had termite damage over the years and leaks in some spots,”said D’Alessandro.
To limit soot and debris from contaminating the entire building, The new design plan will have a shower and a designated area to clean off gear, so that the firefighters can rinse off cancer causing carcinogens after responding to calls.
According to D’Alessandro, the fire district is working with a local real estate agent to find property that is centrally located between Halfmoon and Waterford.
However, Cost will play a major role as to whether or not the station will move to a new location. He said at this point, it’s still too early to determine a price estimation because the new plan is still in its early stages.
“We hope to get a station that is not only going to be efficient today, but to serve the needs of this fire district for the next 50 or so years,” stated D’Alessandro.
The building plan will be completed in the next couple of months, and is expected to be voted on this spring.