2008-10-09 / Features

Markey firefighters soon to have more elbow room

By Cheryl Holladay

BUILDING COMMITTEE (Left to right) Markey Township Supervisor Carl Geiger, Capt. Mike Stearns, Lt. Dave Kelley and Capt. Nate Stearns were on the committee that formulated plans for the addition to the fire hall. Not pictured is firefighter Justin Devins, who also served on the committee. (CHP) BUILDING COMMITTEE (Left to right) Markey Township Supervisor Carl Geiger, Capt. Mike Stearns, Lt. Dave Kelley and Capt. Nate Stearns were on the committee that formulated plans for the addition to the fire hall. Not pictured is firefighter Justin Devins, who also served on the committee. (CHP) Markey Township firefighters will soon have more space at their headquarters on Co. Road 100.

Under construction is a 2,927 square-foot addition that is expected to be completed by the first of the year.

It will provide more space for different uses, such as meetings and meals.

The plans call for a kitchen with industrialsized appliances for feeding large groups, a large meeting room, locker rooms, a day room and two rooms for future bedrooms for use by EMS employees. Three of the four truck bays are drive-through. Firetrucks will enter from the back entrance for easy access to the main road.

The construction also includes renovation of the main building. The entire structure will have a steel and brick exterior and steel roof. It is expected to be more energy efficient, as well as maintenance-free.

The building may be used after an emergency such as a tornado by township residents without power.

No millage increase was required for the addition, as it was funded by the township's 3- mill fire levy. Additionally, firefighters saved the township money by running the phone, radio and Internet lines themselves. They also saved about $20,000 by performing the interior demolition themselves.

The contractor is Castles Brothers, Inc., Flint, who made an effort to subcontract local workers. Construction totaled about $524,000.

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