The New Castle Fire District No. 1 covers an area approximately 23.4 square miles with a population of about
17,600. Two fire stations serve the District. Our Headquarters is located at 491 King St. at Bedford Rd, and the
old station is located at 11 Senter St. We respond to calls from the Bedford Road Headquarters. The Senter St.
facility is used for equipment and apparatus storage.
The Board of Fire Commissioners began discussions about modernizing the Fire District’s facilities in 2007.
Over time it has been determined that the Bedford Road Headquarters is aging and requires improvements.
Built in 1954 with an addition completed in 1979, the firehouse has tight space constraints, physical building
deficiencies, ADA and OSHA violations, inadequate training spaces, and other limitations. A feasibility study
was conducted in 2008 when the District explored preliminary plans for expansion. Because of the high cost
of the property needed for expansion and a stall in contract negotiations, those plans did not proceed. Since
then the District has developed a new plan for renovations and an addition and has successfully negotiated a
contract to expand the site. The Board has been performing with due diligence as it seeks to improve the
Headquarters station while keeping the interests of District taxpayers and safety of our firefighters in the forefront.
When originally built, the bays were sized to accommodate the trucks of that era. Today, the height and size of
the apparatus bays are inadequate. Modern trucks are bigger due to Improved safety and environmental regulations. Firefighters are required to ride inside, seated & belted with gear on, so the cab needs to be bigger.
Improvements in fire equipment mean more specialized equipment to bring to the fire – requiring additional
storage space on the truck. Increased emissions control standards results in more pollution equipment housed
on the underside of the truck – raising the height. Inadequate size of the bays results in the following:
Limited space to inspect, clean and maintain equipment and safely move around vehicles
Inadequate space for support functions including a needed decontamination shower, a laundry for contaminated gear, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA ) maintenance and fill station
Inadequate space for storage of equipment such as hoses, SCBA, water, and turnout gear
The necessity of purchasing specially designed low-height replacement trucks
Health & Safety
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