The Newbury Volunteer Fire Department would like to change from an all volunteer fire department to a 24/7 staffed department. With this change we would like to place a 7,125 sq. ft. addition onto our fire station as well as to renovate 5,350 sq. ft. of existing building.
Our existing station was built in 1989/90, making it over 30 years old. With this addition and renovation, we’re expecting to get another 30+ years out of the entire building.
Also, currently, we are not a staffed station. This means that when someone calls 911, our dispatch center pages our members of a call. Our members then respond to the fire station if they are available. Depending on what type of emergency it is, is what determines what is taken to the call.
From the time someone calls 911, until the first unit arrives on the scene, is now averaging 8-10 minutes. With the fire station staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that response time will be drastically reduced.
Both the building addition/renovation and the cost of staffing, would require an increase millage of 5.5.
(4.5 mills will be for staffing, 1 mill will be for station addition/renovation)
We have had 2 public meetings with Newbury residents. We had a "TownHall" Meeting on August 29, 2021, and an "Open House" on September 26, 2021. Both have been to show what we have in mind and to answer any questions.
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