The Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Company recently completed the renovation of their firehouse at 16 N. Chestnut St. in the borough. The project developed over about a year and a half period, but the construction took only about one month ending in early October.
Membership saw a need to address the front of the building which had gone unchanged since the building was built in 1982. At that time, the apparatus bay was given two overhead doors; one which was oversized for one truck width and one that was undersized for two truck widths. The existing configuration made it difficult to get newer and larger apparatus through. Also the doors needed to be replaced as the existing doors had gone beyond their expected life time.
In 1982 we were running about 700 calls a year with the Fire and Ambulance. Now we are averaging close to 2,400 calls a year. The building is taking a lot of wear and tear, especially the doors.
Peter Laucks of Kleckner Laucks Architects, PC, a member of the fire company truck crew, worked with Fire Chief John Manmiller, Deputy Chief Nick Readinger, Assistant Chief Chad Moyer, and Trustee Lenny Christ to develop the new look of the building. After several design concepts were reviewed, it was found that there was enough room to put in three new doors which would fit the equipment easier. Among the other enhancements that have been made in the past year was the entire inside of the building was repainted and lighting throughout the building was upgraded, and the outside lighting was also upgraded to LED fixtures.
This project was totally funded privately with money raised from sandwich sales, the carnival, and other fund raisers. Even though the borough has a fire tax, no fire tax money was utilized.
Ciatto Construction from Reading was the General Contractor and Overhead Door Company of Reading supplied and installed the new doors.
In 2014 the fire company will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and the timing seemed right to tackle the project and present a fresh face to the community. We wanted the public to be able to see the equipment that is there to protect them. Before, the doors were plain and very uninviting.
On May 31st the Fleetwood Fire Company will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary with a parade and festivities through the streets of Fleetwood and ending in the park. Any organization wanting to participate along with us should stay tuned to the fire company website at www.fleetwoodfire.com for updated information.