Architect Presents Mayor and Council with Plans for Firehouse Renovations

Architect presents renovation plans for Fire Co. 1 and Fire Co. 2 to the Mayor and Council during Monday's public meeting.

Rob Conley of Robbie Conley Architect, LLC, met with the Mayor and Council on Monday to present the plans for renovations for both Fire Co. 1 located on Center Street and Fire Co. 2 located on Trenton Street.  

In June of 2012, Conley and representatives from both fire companies met with the Mayor and Council at Fire Co. 2 to discuss the structural state of the firehouse and to present the governing body with options for bringing the firehouse into compliance with the codes of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Discussed during that meeting was Co. 2's two immediate needs--fitting a new, bigger fire truck into the engine room within the next two years and to replace to code spaces within the firehouse that have to be renovated and/or improved. Additionally, the space needs of Co. 1 were also discussed.

In September 2012, the Mayor and Council authorized a sub-committee to review options for the possible expansion and reconstruction of Firehouses 1 and 2. The sub-committee worked with Conley who presented the Mayor and Council with plans based on their recommendations.

In his presentation to the Mayor and Council, Conley suggested tearing down the old portion of Co. 2, tearing out the back wall of the engine room to fit the new truck, and a new addition that will include a radio room, maintenance area, gear room, meeting room, kitchen area, locker and showers. According to officials, the part of the firehouse being torn down is close to 100 years old. The newest addition was built in 1965 and will remain.

Co. 1's needs include an addition for gear lockers so that firefighters are not donning and doffing their gear in the engine room as trucks are pulling in and out, a radio room and storage garages. Also, their overhead doors need to be replaced. According to officials, Co. 1 was built in 1959.

Conley estimated the total cost for these two projects at approximately $2.4 million. The council will discuss exploring grants with the borough's grants writer. However, even with grants, the money must first be bonded and then the grant money can be put towards paying down the bond.  

In addition to the Fire Department projects, Conley is also working to address the needs of the Police Department. Based on Police Chief Frank Papapietro's January report to the Mayor and Council on the failing infrastructure of the Police Department, a committee was appointed to meet with Conley and discuss options.  

During the January meeting, Papapietro said, "The current infrastructure is so taxed that it compromises the safety of our officers."

Papapietro informed the council that the infrastructure reached a crisis point during superstorm Sandy when the department was operating without electricity in the dark and police were making their way around headquarters with flashlights.

After Conley completed his presentation, Mayor Ann Subrizi said, "Conditions are such that safety conditions must be addressed," adding that these projects are intended to ensure safe, efficient and quality emergency services to the residents of New Milford for the next 50 to 100 years.


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Tia Gold February 28, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Why don't they just buy a smaller fire truck instead of expanding the firehouse?
miriam pickett February 28, 2013 at 01:42 PM
TommyIce February 28, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Can anyone answer this? Who has established these codes? The codes that we seem to be out of compliance with, are they put forth as laws or requirements by the state or federal governments? Or are they just recommendations by a professional organization (National Fire Protection Association) who counts as members providers of fire equipment (such as trucks, gear, etc.)?
Love My Cigar and Coffee February 28, 2013 at 02:52 PM
They dont make smaller fire trucks, which from what I understand was what started the issue to begin with, they are due to replace an old truck but cant find one that will fit in their existing structure. My personal feeling is, we have a volunteer Fire Dept as opposed to a paid FD, we could have 2.4 million every few years in costs (salary, ins, etc etc) if is was a paid FD, as opposed to a 1x cost which will last 50 years...so lets fix what needs to be fixed, cause if It was my house burning, I dont wanna hear "sorry, our truck broke down on the way to save your house" And Thank you to all the members of NMFD, both past and present, for your continued service!
DeCarlo Generator March 01, 2013 at 01:07 AM
"During the January meeting, Papapietro said, "The current infrastructure is so taxed that it compromises the safety of our officers." Papapietro informed the council that the infrastructure reached a crisis point during superstorm Sandy when the department was operating without electricity in the dark and police were making their way around headquarters with flashlights." My question is if the police hdq has a Generator why were they without electric? Could it not be maintained or maybe the people who picked the current generator company to take care of the boro's standby power systems should do it a little better.
John March 01, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Sell the property at company 1 location will generate tax rev after a bulder builds a house. Modify Co # 2 and make that the police station plenty big enough. Build new firehouse on the Boro hall lot. Radio infrastructure is at current firehouse. Use voip to interconnect boro hall w/ new modified police station. 2.5 mil. to extend a back wall and add a coat rack. Boy I want that gig. If the Police were w/o power cant they get a standby Generator??? much less of a cost. I need my road repaved must be out of code also when will that happen? I just sick of it all in this town.
TommyIce March 01, 2013 at 03:35 PM
John this all a prelude to "we should get rid of both fire houses and consolidate it with the police station all in one central location." Where to put the new municipal EMS complex? Hmmm. Maybe the old ShopRite location once Heikemian builds Inserra a new one up at the United Water/SUEZ site. Yeah that might work. Shouldn't cost too much, after all, we'll be getting all those new rateables from the Heikemian development with absolutely no increase to the taxpaying residents for services that won't have to increase or roads that won't be degraded. (we need a sarcasm font here)
John March 01, 2013 at 05:47 PM
amen Tommyice
Jose A. Camacho, Esq. March 08, 2013 at 08:41 AM
All I see is tax increase after tax increase coming our way for things that wont increase our property values! There has to be a better way!


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