1069 Old Route 30 | PO Box 172 | Cashtown, PA 17310
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|November 1, 2010|
|The repaving project at the firehouse was completed today by Thomas Wells, Inc. The repaving project has been on the agenda ever since the parking lot was dug up for the installation of the sewer line last fall. The alley beside the fire hall was also repaved as part of the project.|
|November 1, 2010|
|November's training drill involved a field trip to A & A Auto Salvage at 1661 Chambersburg Rd for vehicle rescue training. Members used the evening to refresh on stabilization practices using cribbing and the Res-Q-Jack struts that were purchased last year and extrication techniques using all of the Department's Amkus hydraulic tools. A special thanks goes out once again to Denny Arnold and A & A Auto Salvage for providing us the opportunity to conduct very valuable training.|
|November 15, 2010|
|At the department's monthly meeting in October, the membership voted to make a number of modifications/alterations to the inside of the firehouse over the next several months. The imminent purchase of a new tanker was the catalyst for the changes. Bids from the manufacturers are due back by December 2 with hopes of placing an order early next year.
The current configuration of the apparatus bay requires apparatus to be "stacked" and the membership generally felt that it would be undesirable to have the tanker parked in by the engine. The idea was introduced, and ultimately agreed upon, to tear out the current tool room and chief's office from the apparatus room.
When all is said and done, the brush truck will be relocated behind the engine and the squad will be backed in to the rear of the engine room (as shown in the first two photos below) which will allow room for the tanker to park beside it (where the gear racks are in the photo). With the tool room and chief's office removed, the newly opened floor space will allow room for both pieces to swing in front of one another and share access to the front bay door. With outside parking at a premium, an added benefit is that this rearrangement will also open up two additional parking spaces since no apparatus will be exiting through the side bay door.
The new turn-our gear washer and dryer that are being purchased with last year's AFG funds will be installed along the side wall after the tool room and chief's office are removed and a storage loft is being constructed along the rear wall of the apparatus room to make room for supplies that are currently stored above the tool room and chief's office.
The second floor of the firehouse has not seen any renovations since the building was erected in 1975. Renovation to the upstairs will include painting the wall paneling, new ceiling tiles, new linoleum flooring, the addition of central air conditioning, new windows and new fixtures in the restroom. The second floor is currently divided into two rooms. The larger of the two rooms will be used as a training room and the other will be the new home of the chief's office.
These projects are being completed in-house by department members, saving the department a substantial amount of money in labor costs. As with any improvement project, things will appear to be in state of disarray for the short term, but we are very hopeful that the outcome will be well worth the effort. In the meantime, please pardon our progress...