NEWBURGH — It takes a village to raise a fire station.
Or at least a fire-station addition.
That’s what’s happening at the Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department Station on Route 9 as community members and department staff have joined forces to build a new home for some of the department’s equipment.
Glen Williamson, fire chief and emergency management director, explained that the existing 36-by-100-foot station will soon have a 32-by-60-foot addition.
This structure is being built so that all of the town’s fire-fighting equipment can be brought under one roof, safe from the elements.
The existing two bays house the department’s main pumper, its Cascade-unit truck, its tanker truck, and its rescue truck. The backup pumper is housed in the South Road station.
WIlliamson explained when the rescue truck was added to the fleet a couple of years ago to assist Capitol Ambulance out of Bangor, the brush truck got relegated to being housed at his home on the Lindsey Road.
The addition will allow all the vehicles to be housed at the same site, with room left over in the addition for gear storage as well, Williamson said. All the first-response vehicles could be housed at the front of the bays, unlike now, when the tanker is placed behind the rescue truck.
Construction on the addition began in July. The metal roof went up on the weekend of Nov. 10-11, and the doors were put in Nov. 19. Williamson hopes to have the addition usable by year’s end, with insulation, wiring, and heating installed by then.
Residents have stepped up with material donations for the addition: Kendall Davis contributed 90 percent of the logs for the addition, while Williamson’s father-in-law, Andy Dishaw, provided the rest. Firefighter Randy Smith, who has a sawmill, cut the wood for the structure. Rick O’Donnell donated the concrete slab, while Discount Towing of Carmel helped to stand up the heavy walls.
The construction work itself is being done by members of the fire department, under the watchful eyes of St. Bernard/mastiffs Koda and Jozi.
Williamson said that the town had budgeted $20,000 for the addition. He originally estimated that it would cost $75,000-$80,000, but with the donations of materials and services, he now figures it will be $30,000-$35,000 when completed.
“This is desperately needed,” he said. “Once this is finished, we’ll be good for years.”