Fundraising Effort Underway

Local support sought to complete new fire station

Plans to move in by year's end
By Fran Gonzalez | Jun 23, 2018
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez The new firehouse in Searsmont is expected to be completed by the end of August, according to builder Jeff Brown.

Searsmont — The new fire station is well underway and plans are afoot to occupy the building by year's end. The town of Searsmont is reaching out to "local businesses, people and foundations" in a fundraising effort to help with its completion, according to First Selectman Bruce Brierley.

"We already have more than $1 million in the new fire station building fund," Brierley said.

"The gifts we are asking for now will allow us to create a state-of-the-art fire station that can meet the needs of Searsmont's growing community for the next 75 years."

Searsmont's population has more than doubled in the last 25 years, according to Brierley, and is still growing. With more people, more homes, and more business property expected, a new fire station is needed to house firetrucks, an ambulance, first responders, and the the Searsmont Emergency Management Agency.

Emergency and public safety services reach residents of Searsmont, Belmont, Lincolnville, Montville, Liberty, Morrill, Belfast and Appleton.

Searsmont Fire Chief James Ames says that "a more attractive new fire station will also help us enlist firefighters and emergency responders, a challenge that many Maine cities and towns are facing."

The total cost of construction and fitting out the new fire station is $1.5 million, Ames said. The town approved a $1 million construction bond at a special town meeting in 2017, and land was sold to the town for one dollar by the owners of Come Spring Industrial Park.

The town now hopes to raise a little over $400,000 to cover the difference.

The new fire station in Searsmont's village center will be a 10,000-square-foot steel structure with five truck bays. It will house equipment to fight fires, make land and water rescues, and provide emergency services.

It will include office space for the fire chief, emergency services chief, and the town's emergency management agency, as well as a training room and kitchen for first responders.

The structure will also incorporate green radiant heat, and wastewater and waste solids recovery systems. It will be solar-array capable.

"With the building fund goal in sight, we are asking people and businesses to consider a generous gift to the campaign," Brierley said.

"The town can offer you recognition as donor of an office, a firetruck, the training room, one of the firetruck and ambulance bays, and even the whole building. All donors' names will be placed on a plaque in the new fire station," he said.

Tax-deductible donations to Searsmont Fire Department can be sent to Town of Searsmont, P.O. Box 56, Searsmont, ME 04973. For more information, contact the Searsmont Town Office at townofsearsmont@fairpoint.net or call 342-5411.

The new Searsmont fire station, shown here June 20, is a 10,000-square-foot steel structure with five truck bays and will incorporate green radiant heat and a wastewater recovery system. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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