The town of Dudley will officially dedicate the newly renovated and expanded fire station located at 128 West Main Street, on Saturday, October 19th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.
Fire Chief Dean Kochanowski says, “We’re inviting everyone in town to come and tour our new facility.”
The fire station upgrades started in 2017 after being approved by voters. About $6.5 million was borrowed thanks to a proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion. The original firehouse was built in 1960.
At that time, the building consisted of a small garage-like structure that housed a few fire trucks and an all-volunteer staff. In 1983, a second floor was added to accommodate a meeting room and kitchen. The department since has hired a full-time staff and in 2013, began providing 24/7 coverage.
The new 15,000 square foot building is almost triple in size and includes new garage bays, a decontamination area, additional office and living space that meets all current building code requirements.
“This will allow us to provide a much-needed service to the town more effectively and efficiently,” said Chief Kochanowski.
The October 19th festivities will begin at 10 AM with an official welcome from Chief Kochanowski. Town officials, including Town Administrator Jonathan Ruda and Board of Selectmen Chairman Steven Sullivan, and local legislators State Senator Ryan Fattman and State Representative Peter Durant will also speak.
Residents and visitors will be able to tour the new fire station following the ribbon cutting. There will also be activities for kids, including a smoke house.
THE LAKE 940 will be broadcasting live on location from 10 AM to Noon, with Doc Siddall, master of ceremonies.
Coffee and food will also be available.
Rob’s Automotive will be recognized for allowing fire department employees and construction employees to park at their facility during the construction.
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