Acting Hyannis Fire Department Chief Dean Melanson has a great view from his current office of the staked lot where groundbreaking for the new $18.5 million fire station got under way last week.
“We’re looking forward to having room to actually do what we need to do,” Melanson said Wednesday. “Some of it is just about space.”
Melanson said the fire department would welcome a facility that physically accommodates the crew, the staff and the trucks, with adequate equipment storage, conference rooms for meeting space, and room to train and support a working group of 12-person shifts.
Right now, three shift officers share an office designed for one. Administrative offices are cobbled together and partitioned. Designed for six, the bunk area sleeps 11 in a 1980s dorm-style configuration of lockers, shelves and twin beds.
“The new station will have a berthing area that’s designed to expand and contract to accommodate additional firefighters” who are called in during peak times, like snowstorms, when emergency call volumes increase, Melanson said.
“We’ll be a way more efficient operation,” he said. “We’re here 24/7, 365. We’re looking forward to an actual professional heating and air conditioning system. It will make the world of difference just to have dedicated storage space.”
The new station will be “more professional and secure, and more modern – designed for the age we live in,” Melanson said. “A lot of infrastructure does go back to 1964,” the year the current building originally was built, or 1987, when an…
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