Greenfield firefighters get settled in temporary station

  • A utility room in the main apparatus bay of Greenfield’s temporary fire station on Hope Street. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The main apparatus bay of Greenfield’s temporary fire station on Hope Street where larger firetrucks will be stored. The yellow hoses are for removing exhaust fumes while engines are running in the building. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • One of the dorms with four two-person rooms and the meeting area of Greenfield’s temporary fire station on Hope Street. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The two dorm buildings and two apparatus bays will serve as the temporary fire station in the Hope Street parking lot in Greenfield, with additional office space in the 13 Prospect St. building. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The second apparatus bay for smaller vehicles in Greenfield’s temporary fire station on Hope Street. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The turnout gear locker room in the corner of the main apparatus bay is being readied in Greenfield’s temporary fire station on Hope Street. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The basement space of 13 Prospect St. will be used as administrative offices for Greenfield’s temporary fire station on Hope Street. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Covered walkways and stairs at Greenfield’s temporary fire station on Hope Street connect the apparatus bays with the dormitories. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • More offices and dorms in Greenfield’s temporary fire station on Hope Street. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Firefighters signed a brick wall to commemorate the 85-year-old Main Street fire station’s history in Greenfield. Staff Photo/MARY BYRNE

  • Firefighters signed a brick wall to commemorate the 85-year-old Main Street fire station’s history in Greenfield. Staff Photo/MARY BYRNE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/20/2021 7:23:38 PM

GREENFIELD — After last week’s “big push” to move in, Fire Chief Robert Strahan said the temporary fire station would be fully operational by the end of the day Monday.

“When we’re actually operating out of it, I’ll take a deep breath,” Strahan said Monday morning, as crews continued the process of moving into the station on Hope Street. “It’s been a large effort from a lot of people in the department and outside the department.”

With the move now near completion, the 85-year-old fire station on Main Street is expected to be sealed for abatement Wednesday morning. The building will eventually be demolished to make way for construction of the new Greenfield Public Library.

The complex on Hope Street is made up of two dorm buildings, which includes a kitchen and meeting area, and two apparatus bays. Earlier this month, the Fire Station Building Committee approved using up to $24,500 for the cost of improvements to the basement level of 13 Prospect St., which will be used as administrative offices for the temporary fire station. Strahan said he expects to be operating out of that space in about a month.

“It’s going to be a little cramped in here, initially,” Strahan said.

The City Council previously approved $17.3 million for both the temporary and permanent stations, with roughly $2 million being designated for the temporary fire station. The city expects to use the temporary station for two years while a new one is built at the former open-air market property on Main Street near Coombs Avenue.

Strahan said crews from the Department of Public Works have been helping with cleanup, and firefighters — including off-duty and retired firefighters — worked through the weekend to help move, pack and “get this place ready.”

“They’ve really gone above and beyond,” he said.

On Friday, as crews made one of the final “big” moves out of the Main Street station, the station horn — which was historically used to alert off-duty firefighters of a fire before the use of radios, pagers and cellphones — was sounded a final time before it was removed and added to the Fire Department’s history collection.

As of Monday morning, Strahan said there were still boxes to be unpacked, some final IT work to be done and phones to be installed.

“Moving was the first half,” he said. “Getting settled, I imagine that’ll take some time.”

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.




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