I Heard You Wanted the New Station Because…(Comments We’ve Heard Around Town)

Many people have heard reasons why we want a new fire station. Some of these are based in fact, and some aren’t part of our thought process. Learn more by reading the article below.

Many people have heard reasons why we want a new fire station. Some of these are based in fact, and some aren’t part of our thought process. Learn more by reading the article below.

You want to transition to a full time department…
A fire department transitions to full time only:

  • When volunteerism drops to a level that creates significant delays or deficiencies with members responding to calls;
  • When Mutual Aid is called more often than not;
  • When there’re not enough responders to get all the apparatus out of the station in the event of a major incident;
  • When Service Levels drop to an unacceptable level;
  • When our leadership runs out of innovative programs to encourage the volunteer membership.

You want to get more new vehicles…
Absolutely not. We have no additional space to store them in the current station or the proposed station and we have all the vehicles we need for both fire and EMS. Keep in mind that the more vehicles you have the more people needed to man them and get them to a scene.

You just want a big fancy station (Taj Mahal syndrome)…
Our request is based on many factual studies that detail the health & safety issues, the code & regulation violations and the many deficiencies that exist, and that’s what’s driving this program.

You just don’t want to fix your current station…
The cost to renovate and bring the current building up to code is approximately $1.8M (editor’s note: now, in 2019, ~$2M) and is a solution that would only give us 10 -15 years. For many reasons you can not transition to a full time department in the current facility. The alternative is build new for $2.5M (editor’s note: now, in 2019, ~$2.8M) and have a solution that is good for 40+ years and has the ability to be expanded if full time is required. There is room to expand either end of the building to add dorms and admin space as well as apparatus bay space.

We should use the Library meeting room for our training…
The fire department meets every Wednesday evening, so to schedule the library as often as we would need would not be well received. Not to mention the library may not be happy with how we treat their room. As well, in the event of an emergency we would be well positioned to respond.

Why don’t we make this a safety complex and include the police department…
That was discussed at length and due to the limited acreage available it is not feasible to include an attached or adjacent police station on this property. If we tried to shoehorn it in would surely compromise our ability to expand to accommodate a full time department in the future.

Cancer in the fire services is not a risk in the volunteer/call departments…
Where it is true most of the cancer studies have been done in large full time departments where they have hundreds of fires per year does not exclude the call departments from being at risk. Example of this problem are detailed in an 8 min video dated May 2015. The video states that 20 Boston firefighters are diagnosed with cancer and 13 die every year. Since 1990, 160 firefighters have died due to cancer in the Boston FD. More from the Boston Globe.

Here’s a list of the 2016 major fires that the New Boston FD responded to.

  • Structure Fires (In Town) – 06
  • Structure Fires (Mutual Aid) – 11
  • Chimney Fires – 01
  • Vehicle Fires – 01
  • Brush Fires (In Town) – 21
  • Brush Fires (Mutual Aid) – 11