Addition to local firehouse celebrated
By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Sep. 16, 2011
On Sept. 10, the day before the town celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Windsor first responders got a boost with the grand opening of the renovated Hayden Station Firehouse, located at 54 Basswood Road. Windsor Fire Chief William Lewis led the grand opening, which included refreshments and tours of the addition to the building.
Lewis said the $2.5 million project was funded through the commitment of the townspeople and the town council that supported the bonding of the project. The addition includes three new bays to store apparatus and equipment for the fire station, and more office and training space for personnel.
Lewis said the updated facility is a welcome addition, and he hopes the main fire department at the public safety complex on Bloomfield Avenue will be the next to see improvements.
The grand opening ceremony and open house, Lewis said, were held as a thank you to the taxpayers who pledged their support to the fire department. “This is their firehouse,” said Lewis. “We want the people to have the opportunity to come here and look at what was done with their money and thank them for making this happen.”
Visitors included Town Councilor Ronald Eleveld. He visited the updated facility with his daughter, Analise, and said he saw first-hand why he decided to be among those that supported the project. “The work was very well done,” said Eleveld. “Our firefighters need the proper facilities in order to do their jobs properly. This will benefit the town greatly, and I’m glad it was done. My fiscal side is also very happy to see this project come in under budget.”
The open house was held at the department for two hours. Town residents were welcome to come in and out of the firehouse, and volunteer firefighters joined Lewis and Deputy Chief Ken Rosel in giving tours.
Lewis also said a federal grant was obtained to install special laundry facilities for washing protective gear. Hayden now has the ability to wash the gear which attract contaminants during calls.
“Studies have shown that firefighters can become ill be having these contaminants on their jackets,” said Lewis. “We want to keep our volunteers healthy here.”