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Station 3 on track for spring completion

January 19, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The new Cardinal Joint Fire District $2.6 million station on Herbert Road is on the right track for a spring completion.

The roof was added prior to New Year's Day, and the west side of the building was bricked in so the electric service could be connected.

"The new station will have plenty of room inside," CJFD Chief Don Hutchison said. "It will also offer a vast training area that will include sewer rescues."

The training area will include a manhole so firefighters can learn how to successfully complete rescue operations. The building also will have other capabilities, such as a place to repel down the side of a building.

Anyone driving by the new station may see the west wall all bricked in. Parillo Builders Superintendent Bill Moretti said it was necessary so electric service could be ran to the building's interior, which will allow for work to continue inside.

"We finished the west side for the electric service," Moretti said. "The rest of the building exterior we are just going with mother nature."

The large metal trusses for the tall bays went up just before Christmas. Crews returned last week to begin putting the bays under the roof.

"The bays are tall, but that is what is needed for today's fire equipment," Moretti said. "We had an architect design this building who only works on fire stations and knows what is best for a fire department."

The new station is expected to be complete in April. Once it is opened, the district's offices will be moved to the new location and the old offices at Station 1 will be transformed into a conference room.

The new station will house one rescue truck and a fire engine. It will be staffed 24-7 with a full-time staff.



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