New $3.5M fire­house to break ground

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE MERCURY - By Eric De­vlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Eric_Devlin on Twit­ter

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-

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LIM­ER­ICK FIRE COM­PANY

Lim­er­ick Fire Com­pany will break ground on its new $3.5 mil­lion fire­house on Oct. 29.

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