Lieutenant Gary Hass from the Manlius fire department said this means that the fire stations in Delphi Falls, Cazenovia and Pompey Hill, all located to the south and southwest of Manlius, will be providing extra assistance and responding to a higher number of Manlius' alarms.
Deputy Chief Paul Whorrall from the Manlius fire department said in an interview that the department would be modifying its response protocol from Station No. 2 by sending the engine first rather than the truck. The engine, he said, is more maneuverable and will make for quicker response rates.
There was initially a plan to stage a fire truck on the south side of the bridge during the construction season, but the department ultimately decided against it due to a number of reasons, including the unavailability of a reliable loaner vehicle. Furthermore, in his memo, Penhall said that the majority of fire department volunteers who respond to Station No. 2 reside on the north side of the bridge.
"This long-planned project will result in a safe and modern roadway serving Manlius residents for many years to come," Penhall said.