Comptroller visits new Ridgely fire sta­tion

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot stopped by the new Ridgely Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment fire sta­tion Mon­day, July 17, dur­ing his visit to Caro­line County.

Af­ter pre­sent­ing a procla­ma­tion to the depart­ment mem­bers, Fran­chot took a tour of the new fire sta­tion, which opened in May.

“It is a gor­geous place,” he said. “Hats off to ev­ery­one in­volved in the fundrais­ing and plan­ning.”

The 19,875-square-foot build­ing is lo­cated at 101 Sun­set Blvd., and sits on 4.2 acres of land, fea­tur­ing larger, wider bays to ac­com­mo­date larger equip­ment. The fire­house also in­cludes an ad­di­tion for Caro­line County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser vices.

“I want to present this cer­tifi­cate to Ridgely Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment for your first-rate emer­gency ser­vice to the greater Ridgely area since 1905 by us­ing trained, ded­i­cated vol­un­teers to en­sure a safe en­vi­ron­ment and rapid re­sponse to lo­cal emer­gen­cies,” he said. “We have spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ex­pan­sion of your fa­cil­ity to ac­com­mo­date larger equip­ment, and in­clude an ad­di­tion to Caro­line County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser vices.”

The fire depart­ment pur­chased the land for the new sta­tion in 1995

for $175,000 and paid off the prop­erty by 2009. The depart­ment then se­cured a 30-year loan from the Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany As­sis­tance Fund through the Mary­land State Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion for the $2.6 mil­lion project.

“All of you in law en­force­ment, first re­spon­ders, we are ap­pre­cia­tive of the ser­vice you pro­vide for your cit­i­zens,” Fran­chot said. “You do more good in a month than many do in a life­time.”

Join­ing Fran­chot on the visit with depart­ment mem­bers and Ridgely of­fi­cials were state Sen. Steve Hersey, R-36 Up­per Shore, Caro­line County com­mis­sion­ers Dan Franklin and Wil­bur Le­ven­good and Denise Love­lady rep­re­sent­ing U.S. Rep. Andy Har­ris, RMd.-1st.

“You are a fine ex­am­ple of what it re­ally means to be able to come to­gether and pro­vide some­thing for us,” Her­shey said.

“We cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate every­thing you have done in this com­mu­nity. It does not gone un­seen. We are very ap­pre­cia­tive of it.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

RVFD Pres­i­dent Tim Gun­der­son, left, give Comptroller Peter Fran­chot a tour of the new Ridgely fire sta­tion Mon­day, July 17.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot presents a procla­ma­tion to the Ridgely Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment for their new fire sta­tion.

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