Plans Moving Forward on New Hyannis Fire Station

Rendering of proposed Hyannis Fire Department

Rendering of proposed Hyannis Fire Department

HYANNIS – Plans are moving forward on the new Hyannis Fire Station after a recent vote passed with a two-thirds majority.

Hyannis Fire Chief Harold Brunelle said he is working with the fire commissioners, architects and the project manager on final designs and specifications to get the project out to bidders in early fall.

“Hopefully we can start getting some bids in and awarding some bids,” Brunelle said. “I think what they are shooting for is late winter or early spring of 2017 to get shovels in the ground and start building.”

Voters in the fire district approved the new 33,000-square-foot, $18.5 million station last month. It was the fourth time a vote on the new station came before fire district voters.

Brunelle said there can also be realistic plans made to the current facility which has many issues.

“For example we have a leaky roof. We’ve had that ongoing for quite some time off and on,” he said. “Now we know we can just patch the roof.”

The current facility will only be needed for about two more years so current fixes can be made that are not more expensive permanent fixes.

Brunelle said the vote finally passing has also given the department a boost.

“It was really draining us. We didn’t know where we were going with the station, if we were getting it approved or not,” he said. “Now that it has been approved it has lifted up the morale of the personnel.”

Ratepayers in the district will be responsible for $17.6 million of the cost of the station after $900,000 is applied from the sale of a piece of land.

The department, which covers around 9.5 square miles, responded to over 7,000 calls in 2015.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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