Lowell Sun | By Chris Lisinski
December 12, 2016
LITTLETON — The Littleton Fire Department has relocated for the next year — and, after that, it will have a new home permanently.
An official groundbreaking ceremony for the new fire station will take place next Saturday, but because the renovations will fill the footprint of the existing building, the department has officially moved its operations to rented space at 80 Ayer Road until the project is complete
Last week, the department moved out of its headquarters and now shares space with the Middlesex Corporation in a setup that costs the town about $100,000 over the course of the next year. Littleton Fire Chief Scott Wodzinski said the system is significantly cheaper than other options, one of which would have constructed a temporary hut behind the police department to house fire trucks at a price of roughly $320,000.
Plus, Wodzinski said, the facility is nice.
“They had a large garage space that was able to accommodate our apparatus,” he said. “They renovated all of the office space to accommodate us as well. We have offices for the staff here.”
But the chief still hopes the time goes quickly and that construction finishes up soon. He estimates the department will be able to return to its own headquarters by December 2017, so long as the $8.9 million renovation is finished.
Voters at Town Meeting last month approved the project by a wide 712-19 margin, and Wodzinski said the renovations are much needed to modernize the space and bring it up to code.
The new station will have a larger garage to hold today’s larger apparatus, a system to remove truck exhaust from the building and a decontamination space for responders who have been on the scene of a medical event or car crash.