Project History

 

The Medway-Grapeville Fire Company has served the New Baltimore community since 1945. The fire district covers approximately 25 square miles or 3/4 of the Town. The company currently has 38 dedicated members who spend countless hours training for a wide variety of emergencies and give up their family, work and personal time to ensure the safety of the community. The company is one of five (out of 27) in Greene County that provide EMS services and one of two that have a specially trained Firefighter Assist and Search Team. The FAST team is dispatched to structure fires in eight different districts to rescue firefighters in distress. In 2017, the company responded to 45 fire calls, including 24 mutual aid calls, and 100 EMS calls. Training included active shooter, auto extrication, brush, car and chimney fires, hazardous materials, ice water rescue, search and rescue, solar panel response, overdose, CPR, Basic and Advanced Life Support, and EMS certification among others.

The fire company rolls out on emergencies at all hours of the day and night without knowing what tragic situation they will face. The community should provide our first responders with a safe environment as their training and tasks become more challenging in this modern world. For over two years, the company has worked with Delaware Engineering, fire personnel and local residents in open meetings to plan and design a simple, affordable addition to the existing truck garage that meets current apparatus size and safety standards.

The Medway-Grapeville Fire Company welcomes you to attend one of two public meetings where we will tour the current truck garage, explain the design costs of the proposed addition, and answer questions.

 

Firehouse Expansion

Project Description

 

The main components of the Firehouse Improvement Project are anticipated to include:

  • An addition to the existing four bay masonry firehouse structure planned as a ~50’ x 80’ pre- engineered steel building supported by a rigid concrete foundation, with four bays of vehicle storage and a mezzanine storage area.
  • Rehabilitation of the existing firehouse structure to include at a minimum structural repairs, reconfiguration of existing spaces and provision of additional storage.
  • Preliminary eave heights, sizes of vehicular and pedestrian doorways, drive through areas and equipment storage locations have been identified.
  • The preliminary heating type has been identified and will be developed and incorporated into the final design based on configuration and efficiency.
  • An in-building drain system will be designed for efficiency and safety with oil/water separators and a pump out tank as appropriate.
  • New 120/240 volt, single phase, 400 amp electrical service to the new building will be required. The connected load will be determined and coordination with the local utility conducted to determine the method of interconnection and need for any upgrades to the local power grid.
  • Building materials have been selected to ensure efficiency, durability and longevity. 

Project Need

 

The current bays in the Medway-Grapeville firehouse were constructed in 1980 and are not large enough to house modern apparatus or meet current safety standards:

 

  • Safety of Fire Volunteers – The limited space between trucks and equipment endangers fire personnel. In the first bay only 2’ exists between the truck and wall and only 1’ to where personnel put on gear. The National Fire Protection Association requires a minimum of 6’ between apparatus and between a wall and apparatus. Turnout time is lengthened by the need for personnel to move to safe areas or wait until trucks have pulled out to put on gear. Longer turnout times endanger victims, increase potential damage and can cost lives!
     
  • Limited Bay Size – Due to the limited bay length and bay door height in the existing garage, mutual aid districts have difficulty placing their apparatus inside the bays. In addition, when purchasing and replacing apparatus we sometimes have to pay more for custom apparatus, as the manufacturers’ standard apparatus is too large for the existing bays.
     
  • Limited Equipment Storage – A compressor was purchased a few years ago to save the ongoing cost of refilling breathing air cylinders. This equipment should have a protective boundary such as a short wall. Equipment needed for structure fires, ice rescues, vehicle accidents and other emergencies are crowded in the back and sides of the building where they are difficult to access swiftly and safely when needed. Two valuable vehicles are parked outside in a temporary open enclosure due to lack of space in the garage.
     
  • Volunteer Training Space – During cold months the required volunteer training must often be held off-site due to the lack of safe space within the truck garage.
     
  • Maintenance of Expensive Equipment – Necessary maintenance of trucks and equipment such as hoses cannot be done during the winter months due to crowded interior conditions.
     
  • Deterioration of Existing Garage – The northwest corner of the back wall of the garage is crumbling due to lack of proper drainage and needs to be repaired or rebuilt. 

Currently, firefighters putting on turnout gear have less than one foot of space to dress. They either need to make do, or wait for trucks to pull out of the garage, increasing turnout times.

Here, 19-1, The District's first out pumper, can be seen barely clearing the vertical height of the garage doors. Additionally, when the door is closed, there is less than two feet of clearance from the door to the front bumper.

Meanwhile, the rear end of 19-1 is within two feet of the back wall. Maneuverability is severly limited around the truck, hampering turnout times and jeopardizing volunteer safety. 

Here we see the middle of the truck bay. Turnout gear racks, a hose drying and storage rack, the garage heating system, training materials and seasonal emergency response items take up a significant amount of room.

The rear end of 19-3, the District's rescue pumper is likewise backed almost to the wall, placing it extremely close to a shelf of emergency equipment, as well as a medical oxygen cascade system.

Our EMS response truck is parked in front of the work bench and breathing air compressor, leaving little room to operate the equipment safely. In addtion, the compressor should have protective barriers placed around it, but with trucks being so close, this is not possible.

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Financial Facts

The Medway-Grapeville Fire Company members are also taxpaying members of the community and we have attempted to keep project costs as low as possible. Delaware Engineering has prepared preliminary plans and cost estimates to determine the most cost effective way to construct the addition. Based on a total project budget of $1.25MM the anticipated cost to the average property owner in the fire district will be approximately $100/year.

$1,250,000 All Costs Included

Assume 4% interest for 20 years

$91,977.19

$90,614,705

895

$101,245.48

$1.015

$102.77

Public Information Meetings:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 6PM - 8 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 AM - 12 PM

Fire District Referendum Election: 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6 PM - 9 PM

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