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Angola : REHEBOTH BEACH FIRE COMPANY to expand Airport Road station.

The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company is to expand its Station 2 for $4 million, located on Airport Road.

The current facility is a former airplane hangar from the Rehoboth Airport, which was moved to its present location in 1978. According to Chuck Snyder, as time went on, population growth merited the building of Station 3 in Angola. However, Station 2 wasn t forgotten about.

He said, This station has actually almost outgrown itself, so as a result, we decided a few years ago to go ahead and expand. It was always our intent when we put that building back there that we were going to build a new fire station out front.

The proposed19,200-square-foot building will comprise of crew quarters. bunk rooms, a kitchen, a crew lounge, meeting and training rooms. EMS offices and the capability to go into a 24-hour operation in case an emergency or a natural disaster occurs in the area, as well as the ability to grow in the future. It will include a basement and two stories and.

RBVFC spokesman Warren Jones said, We all got an awakening last year when Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey Shore. If we had to evacuate Fire Station 1 in downtown Rehoboth, there s no place to move the equipment and there s no place for us to have a 24-hour operation. The area gives us a perfect place to use as a command post for any situation like that.

Jones said a higher frequency of requests for services and of emergency calls have appeared in the Del. 1 area. He said there is a lot of excitement for the building to arrive.

The fire company is collaborating with EDiS Co. as a construction manager. Project manager Mark Grunza said with winter coming, the aim is for now is to get the underground foundation completed before the colder temperatures arrive.

The current building will be used as an apparatus maintenance facility and for training purposes, after construction is finished.

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Date:Oct 30, 2013
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