Belleville Fire Department Seeks Help For New StationPosted: Updated:
For years, the Belleville Fire Department had 2 stations: Station 1 and Station 2 right across the street. But, space is tight.
"It was getting difficult to put all of our apparatus in there. And we had an offer to purchase that property so we sold that property," said Vince Guarrera, station improvement committee.
So now the fire department is looking to build a new 2 bay station right next door to its main station, where a vacant house currently sits.
Guarrera says the department is currently in talks to acquire the property. It's all in hopes of getting to the scene of an emergency more efficiently.
"We need to get all of our apparatus to the scene as quickly as possible and safely as possible. By having the station here on site, our officers are able to quickly see which apparatus have already left the station and are on scene and are able to direct the remaining apparatus safely to the scene," he said.
But in order to build the new station, the department needs help from the community. It has asked for donations from business owners and is holding fundraising events like a spaghetti dinner planned for next Saturday. The department's goal is to raise $40,000 from the community, although the entire project will likely cost 2 or 3 times that.
"If we reach 40, we're going to keep going. Of course the budget is a lot larger than that, but we've allocated a certain amount of our savings towards this project," said Guarrera.
Guarrera says the department hopes to have the new station up and running here before next winter.