The existing New Boston Fire Station has been in service since 1973 and the Fire Department has outgrown the station. Here is more information about the station’s current deficiencies.
Deficiencies of the current station:
- Current building was built in 1973 primarily as a heated garage to keep water from freezing in the firetrucks. Call volume and membership have increased significantly over the last 45 years
- Lacks facilities/storage in compliance with National Fire Protection Agency
- The three apparatus bay doors are too small for standard size vehicles. (10’ x 11’ vs 14’ x 14’)
- New trucks need to be ordered to fit the short doors. Mutual Aid trucks are usually unable to park inside our station
- Insufficient storage space. Some training equipment is either stored outside or at department members’ homes or businesses
- Severely deficient in life safety & current building codes
- A code correcting renovation would exceed 50% of building square footage thereby requiring 100% of the building being brought up to meet all current day codes at a cost of $1-2 million, which only extends its useful life by 5-10 years
- Space between apparatus is inadequate
- Limited parking for responding members in center of town when town events are going on (sports, farmers market, church, etc.)
- Current station does not have its own sewer or well. We share septic with the church and our water comes from town hall.
- Current station does not have showers; carcinogens, soot, or blood are washed off at home
- Current station floor drains flow into the river which is an EPA violation. Drainage dumps into the Piscataquog River; requires $35,000 tank to meet EPA regulations and yearly funding to empty
- Current station site prohibits expansion if required in the future since the land behind the station is too close to neighboring wells