ORRINGTON – The new Orrington fire station is up and running after years of planning and development.
In 2018, Orrington voters rejected a proposal for a new $3.5 million facility.
However, a $2.85 million proposal was approved and construction began in 2019.
The old station, which was built in the 1950s, was having issues and did not keep up with 21st Century fire safety standards.
“A lot of things have changed in the fire service over that 70 years that we lived over there. Most of our trucks barely fit in the building. We were buying trucks to fit the building, more so than to fit the community,” said Orrington Fire Chief Scott Stewart.
The new facility has new safety features that the old one didn’t have.
“This facility has a lot of additions or safety features, if you will, when it comes to firefighter safety and cancer prevention and things like that, that our old station didn’t allow us to have,” said Orrington Assistant Fire Chief Chad Bean.
One of those features is a ventilation system. After they return from a call, they wash their gear and they store it in a room where the ventilation system works to decontaminate it.
In addition to implementing protective measures, the new location is expected to have a positive impact on overall response times.
“If you call, we will be there. We are a bit more centrally located over here, so you will probably see us a little bit quicker, which is good for everybody,” Bean said.
Stewart is planning to be in the new building for a long time.
“Certainly, I will finish my career here,” Stewart said. “Hopefully they are here for 70 years or beyond.”