Company No. 3 dedicates new fire house and ambulance facility
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., May. 5, 2011
Nearly five years after the ballot referendum was passed by the voters for the construction of a new fire station, the new South Windsor Company No. 3 fire house and ambulance facility was dedicated on May 1 with a ceremony and open house.
The beautiful Sunday afternoon was the perfect setting for the outdoor ceremony, followed by refreshments inside the station house. It was clear that a lot of effort and attention to detail was put not only into the building of the station house, but the special day, as well.
“It’s a fantastic facility and will serve the community very well,” said state Rep. Bill Aman. “More and more towns are struggling to fill the ranks of volunteers,” noted Aman, “but not South Windsor. It shows the dedication and quality of the South Windsor firefighters,” he said, as well as the willingness of the employers to support the volunteers.
According to Mayor John Pelkey, one of the driving reasons for the new building was the need for new technology and equipment. The new station house is fully-equipped with the highest level of technology and training tools for the volunteer fire department. Like most residents, the open house was Pelkey’s first visit to the new building. “I wanted to wait until it was open to the public,” he said.
“I can’t say enough about our volunteers,” said Captain John Hofmann. The firefighters planned the open house while also moving all the equipment into the new building. This was all done without any interruption in service. “We are definitely always looking for new volunteers,” said Hofmann, noting that 25 new volunteers have joined the fire department over the past few years. “We’re always looking for people to give back to the town and do something rewarding.” Anyone interested in joining the fire department is welcome to join the Tuesday evening meetings. For more information, visit the website southwindsorfire.org.