Stony Point - The Stony Point Fire District wants to celebrate the completion of its new substation construction project with people in the community.
The old substation at 199 Central Highway, also known as Route 210, was a former gas station converted into a firehouse. The building, which was purchased by the district in 1974, was expanded in 1987. But the need for a bigger and more functional building became obvious as early as 1999, with firetrucks getting bigger over the years to meet new safety regulations, district officials said.
Further renovating the old building turned out to be too expensive, and the district took on this $4 million substation construction project.
Without fanfare, the new substation has been up and running for several months. Officials said the response time of the Wayne Hose Company No. 1 has dramatically improved thanks to the new facility.
“It’s a tremendous difference. It’s so much easier to work with. It’s a lot safer,” said Bruce MacRae, chairman of the district’s board of commissioners. “We have a building built for the future. … We are good to go.”
The district will be hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the new substation as a belated celebration.
A major improvement in the new building is having direct access to Route 210, which was something the old building lacked. The district installed a new traffic light on Route 210 so that firetrucks can pull out of the firehouse driveway safely.
The 8,500-square-foot building includes two bunking rooms that can also be used for training programs. A lounge and kitchen space will give firefighters a place to stay when they are on standby. Bathrooms include showers and a locker room. Unlike the old building, the new facility is air-conditioned except for the bay area. It also offers plenty of storage space in the loft as well as a gym in the basement.