Crews are busy finishing up the last remaining work on the new Manlius Firehouse at the corner of Route 92 and Enders Road.
The new building is expected to be ready for the department to move into around late August or early September.
The firehouse will combine two very aging and cramped stations into one centrally located facility.
The Village Mayor and former Manlius Fire Chief Paul Whorrall says it will make it easier for volunteers to get to and then improve response times from the station for crews going to calls for help.
He says the apparatus bay is a key piece of the project, a tremendous upgrade from the tight quarters at the main station now.
“One truck pulls out before the other and the doors aren’t shut properly on the trucks they could hit each other where here there’s going to be enough room to get on the equipment, get in and out, the doors can be open while one is getting on, the other truck can be loading up.” Whorrall tells NewsChannel 9.
The building is laid out so someone coming out of any door and into a main hallway can get directly to the apparatus.
It also greatly upgrades rooms for members who “bunk in” overnight allowing for even better manpower 24/7.
But Whorrall says they made sure to keep the community in mind with the building design, “We do have a room here considered the community room. For us it’s a meeting and training room but we will set up to have functions for certain organizations if they wish to use the room.”
They will also create a memorial outside the station to honor members who have passed away. It will include benches and a flame as well as a piece of steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
“The main lobby of the fire station will have all of our history. It’ll be set up to show murals and memorabilia from our 200 plus years of history.” Whorrall adds.
Whorrall says the two current stations will go up for sale as soon as the Village has a date for moving into the new firehouse. He says they do already have interested parties in both buildings.