Ogdensburg's volunteer rescue squad officially opened the doors to its new home Friday.
The former Hackett's building at 1223 Pickering Street has been renovated into offices, meeting rooms and bunkrooms for the squad. The 18,000, two story building was renovated with help from a $25,000 grant from National Grid, the electric utility company, under a program to provide money to rehabilitate vacant buildings in downtowns.
"We've got room for training now, we've got the community room we can rent out for parties, meetings," said Jean McLear, president of the squad.
“At a time when grant funding from other sources seems to have dried up, National Grid has come through with a significant grant in support of our building project and our mission of providing quality emergency medical services to the citizens of Ogdensburg and surrounding communities,” said William Lovely, the secretary of the rescue squad, in a statement provided by National Grid.
The squad ’s new location assures an immediate response to emergencies at schools and the airport in addition to creating educational opportunities at the facility, according to the statement.
For the past 50 years, the squad has not had a permanent location, and has relied on donations, grants and fundraising activities for projects and operations.
Friday, November 27, 2015, Watertown, NY
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