PRINCETON, Maine — Princeton firefighters are excited to have a new station without mold or leaks.
The fire department moved into the new station, located at 16 Mill St., at the end of January, said Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell. The public is invited to the new station for an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 11.
The old station, built in the 1960s on Depot Street near the town office, had been in really bad shape.
“The station was pretty much rotted out,” Ramsdell said Wednesday. “You could literally stick your foot, in places, through the side of the building.”
Because of the holes, the station would get flooded when it rained. This led to a black mold problem that couldn’t be remediated, he said.
Princeton’s selectmen applied for a grant to pay for a new station, but it was pulled at the last minute, said Selectman Jason Theriault.
The town set aside $100,000 a year for five years to pay for the $500,000 new station, he said.
“We’re very fortunate the town treats us well,” said Ramsdell, who has been chief for about five years.
The new facility measures 50 feet by 85 feet and features three bays in the front plus additional storage behind those bays. All of the fire department’s five trucks fit nicely, Ramsdell said.
The new facility also has a training room, a full kitchen and two bathrooms with one shower.
“We never had a kitchen before,” Ramsdell said.
The lighting also wasn’t very good in the old building and has improved in the new station.
“It’s kind of nice to be able to come into a building where you can see,” Ramsdell said.