Building supplies strewn throughout the garage area of a soon-to-be completed fire station in Springettsbury Township will soon be replaced with emergency apparatus.
Though there is still plenty of work left to be done at the 50 Commons Drive station, a York Area United Fire and Rescue official said it should be opened in less than two weeks.
"It's a well-designed firehouse," said Chief Robert McCoy. "This will last the (department) another 40 to 50 years."
McCoy said firefighters are slated to move into the station next week, leaving behind the aging Springetts Fire Co. at 3012 E. Market St., which was built in 1958. The new station also will house the regional department's headquarters, meaning the department's current offices at 3321 Whiteford Road will also be closed.
Construction: Work crews worked throughout the new station recently, painting the walls of the four-door, pull-through garage bay as additional crews worked inside the operations part of the station.
The garage features radiant heated floors, keeping a constant temperature to help melt ice or snow that accumulates on apparatus during the winter, McCoy said.
Inside the two-story station, there are bunk rooms to provide some privacy for the male and female firefighters and township EMTs. There are also locker rooms, a kitchen, fitness room and lounge area.
"The (firefighters) live here 24 hours a day so there'll be some down time," McCoy said, adding the cardio-focused fitness room will allow them to stay in shape.
Offices: The upper floor is where the department's headquarters will be located, and offices for the Springettsbury Township volunteer association will be on the first floor, along with the living quarters and amenities for firefighters.
The station was designed to allow for it to be easily enlarged in the future if needed, as the regional department looks to expand, McCoy said.
York Area United currently includes charter members Springettsbury and Spring Garden townships, and Manchester Township is taking steps to fully join the department.
Officials also took care in selecting the right location for the new station, the chief said.
"From a regional perspective, we're spreading out fire stations," he said.
History: While the department is looking to the future, officials aren't forgetting the history of fire-fighting in the township.
A nook carved into one of the hallways of the new station could house a large display case built especially for the Springetts station, McCoy said.
Officials are hoping to move the case, which contains awards, intact to the new station.
"It'll be interesting to get 56 years of history from the Springetts station into this building," McCoy said. "Our goal is to preserve as much of the history of the Springetts station. You can't just loose that."
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