The Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company (BVFC) invites the public to celebrate the grand opening of the community's new fire station.
Instead of the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, the BVFC will hold a hose uncoupling, a fairly new trend for opening fire stations, at 2 p.m. Sunday March 22 at the new station site, 7911 Crego Road (across from the River Mall plaza).
Senator John DeFrancisco will be a guest of honor at the ceremony. The senator was instrumental in obtaining a grant from New York state, which provided much needed equipment to the new fire station. He also donated a New York State flag, which will fly side-by-side with the national flag and the BVFC flag. The event will also feature a photo display of the gradual construction process of the new station.
Long awaited move
The opening of the new station has been a long time coming, said Thomas Perkins, former fire chief and fire company vice president. After gaining independence from the village years ago, the BVFC rented the Richard J. Perkins Fire Station at the corner of Mildred Ave and Seneca Street, a space the department quickly outgrew. While still occupying the Perkins Fire Station, the department built the Route 48 fire station near Village Green, which is shared with the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department. The BVFC finally began construction on the Crego Road facility last June, with the building recently becoming ready for occupancy.
"Construction was followed very closely and when the word came down that we could finally move in, we did," said Gary Williams of the BVFC. "Space at last. A new home at last."
The department vacated the Perkins Fire Station and moved to Crego Road in February.