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Fire Department Headquarters Nears Completion
ANDERSON, IN – Mayor Thomas Broderick, Jr. and Fire Chief Dave Cravens announced today that the inside renovations for the Anderson Fire Department Headquarters are near completion. It is expected that the firefighters and the administrative staff will be moving back into the building next week. The city will be holding a re-dedication ceremony to officially reopen the building on April 25th at noon. The public is invited to the dedication and tours of the facility will be conducted.
The original building was built in 1975 and has not had a renovation of this magnitude in its 42 years of existence.
The project has been underway for approximately five months and is expected to have a total cost of $1.1 million. While the inside repairs and renovation are being completed, additional outside renovation will be beginning over the next several days. The outside renovation will include restoration work on the outside of the building and paving of portions of the area surrounding the property.
Mayor Broderick explained that upon taking office he reviewed the cost effectiveness of renovation and repair over construction of a new fire station. “The previous administration had proposed building a new fire station at another location. You could not reasonably afford to rebuild a fire station of this size”, Broderick stated. “A station of this quality and size would cost between $18 and $20 million dollars. The scaled down station that had been proposed would not have been sufficient in my view and the proposed cost of that building was estimated to be between $6-8 million dollars. By taking the action we took, we have saved an exceptional building that is extremely functional for a fraction of the cost and that provides our firefighters a quality building they deserve while maintaining good response times in the case of public emergencies. In addition to saving several million dollars by remodeling and renovating, we were able to pay for the cost without raising or using property tax dollars. Upon coming into office, we found a substantial amount of unpaid users fees for ambulance runs that had not been collected from the federal and state governments for Medicaid and Medicare runs. We were able to submit billing for runs between 2012 and 2015 that allowed us to recoup approximately $1.8 million dollars to-date”, stated Broderick.
Chief Cravens said, “This is the continued progress of the administration contributing to our Fire Department to a state of the art facility providing fire protection, tech rescue, water rescue and advance and basic life support to our residents.”
According to Chief Cravens the inside remodeling included replacing the heating, air conditioning and ventilation system with a state of the art energy efficient system; resurfacing the roof; and removing, repairing and reinstalling properly sealed windows to prevent leaking and to make more energy efficient; electrical rewiring that brought the building into proper code compliance; repair and remodel of living quarters for the firefighters; replace outdated equipment in the kitchen; resurfaced the flooring; and redesigned and reconfigured the administrative areas to make more efficient and to create a user friendly area for customers.