Schematic, concepts of new fire station discussed with city council

YORK – The process toward building a new fire station is a long one, but this past week, the administration and city council got to see and discuss a draft/scheme and concepts regarding this major, important project.

Dan Kerns from Schemmer Associates provided a preliminary site plan that included a 25,000-square-foot fire station, noting this new station would be “drive through” – meaning doors will be on on both sides for entering and departing. It will also include a training tower, an administrative area, living quarters, a day room, offices, a training room, gear storage, exercise area, apparatus bays, etc.

He told the council his firm has developed three to four different outdoor schemes.

“We are working to marry the requirements with the budget,” Kerns said. “We are on track to put the project out for bid on May 15. Then we will consider bids and accept a bid on June 6 and hopefully contract action by the council will take place on June 20.”

The tentative completion date for this project is Nov. 30, 2025.

The city’s asset committee has been working with fire officials, firefighters and the city administration as these plans are being formulated. Councilman Jerry Wilkinson, who is a member of the asset committee, said this new station “will still have room to grow and accommodate more equipment as this town grows.”

Kerns said there will be opportunity in the future to add on to living quarters, offices, etc., as well, if needs arise in the future.

“A lot of people put a lot of effort into this, as this station will serve York for the rest of this century,” said Mayor Barry Redfern.

“There were a lot of people involved in developing these plans,” said Councilman Tony North, “including a lot of York Fire volunteers. We have had a lot of good input and this has been a good experience.”

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