A petition for a new 1.5 million fire station in Castleton has been completed. It now goes to the select board for consideration.
The volunteer fire department has been at it's current location for more than 40 years and members say it's time to move out. With seven trucks and more than 30 firefighters, department leaders said they have outgrown the building. The new station would be more centrally located on Route 30, which the department said will decrease response time.
"It's really, really tight in here. It can be pretty tricky when the trucks are rolling out and people are putting their gear on. You get to breath the exhaust fumes, which is pretty ugly. It's even worse with the ladder truck in the other bay -- when that starts up it just makes a cloud of smoke," said Castleton Assistant Fire Chief Richard Combs.
Combs said the current station is cramped and unsafe for volunteers. When the firefighters are called for an emergency, their space to gear up is several feet away from the trucks. Additionally, there is no useable second exit anywhere in the building. The proposed new station will be more centrally located on Route 30, which Combs said will help decrease response time. The select board meeting will be held March 25th.
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