New $3.5M firehouse to break ground
Big things are coming down the pike for the Limerick Fire Company as construction on its new headquarters gets underway in just a few short weeks.
The fire company currently operates out of its 390 W. Ridge Pike facility built in 1984. That facility is in need of significant updates to maintain the efficiencies of the company, and embrace the modern challenges the company faces. Several studies conducted over the past few years have determined that a renovation of the existing building would be cost prohibitive.
That’s why it opted to move forward with the $3.5 million construction of a new facility, built over the footprint of the existing building.
“It’s exciting but very busy,” said Tom Walters, Limerick Fire Company president. “Through this process it ended up being significantly more than seven digits to remodel the existing building than it cost to tear down and build a brand new building. That’s why we’re building a brand new building.”
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1011 a.m. Among those in attendance will be state Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th Dist., state Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146th Dist., as well as township supervisors and staff and other dignitaries. Demolition of the existing fire house will take place on or about Nov. 5. The new two-story, 20,000-square-foot building will be equipped with five drive-through apparatus bays. Included in the overall square footage is space for the existing members to sleep while staffing the station during weather events, or other emergencies. Other vital spaces will include training and study rooms for the more than 70 active firefighters to meet mandated training certifications, equipment and radio rooms, along with administrative offices. The new station will also provide accommodations to main-
Limerick Fire Company will break ground on its new $3.5 million firehouse on Oct. 29.