Ashland Breaks Ground on New Fire Station
Groundbreaking Celebrated for New Ashland Fire Station
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At least 100 people celebrated Ashland’s renewed commitment to protect residents and property.
“I said I wasn’t going to get emotional, but what a day,” Ashland Fire Department Fire Chief Wayne Chenier said.
Getting to this point has been a labor of love between locals and elected officials.
“Without their commitment, expertise and dedications we would not be here today,” Ashland City Councilor Pat Kinney said.
The new fire station will stand on 6th Street and 3rd Avenue East.
The fire departments entire operation will be condensed.
“For the first time in the history of Ashland all the equipment and apparatus will be housed under one roof,” said Chenier.
Twenty-two thousand square feet in size the space will house dorms, a training room and other amenities.
“It’s about making a decision that there are certain essential needs in a community such as public safety and fire protection,” Ashland Mayor Deb Lewis said.
Fire officials also believe the $4.2 million building will help cut down on response times and give them better access to residents of the west end.
“Fire and emergency services as we know it will have a significant change in the overall effectiveness of day to day operations,” said Chenier.
Fire fighters tell FOX 21 the current fire hall, which is deteriorating has definitely served the community and is rich in history but they are more than happy to be moving on.
“People of Ashland we are turning a corner,” said Lewis. “We have much to be proud of.”
Construction will begin in a matter of days and is expected to wrap up by February.
Ashland’s main fire hall opened up back in 1919.