Boonville Fire Department Going Through Drastic Changes
BOONVILLE - Crews began tearing down the old fire house and digging ground for a new one Monday.
The firehouse has been at the corner of Main Street and Bingham for over 40 years.
The fire department decided the old location was the best place to be. They knocked down the old building so they can start building a new one on top of it.
Boonville Fire Chief Tim Carmichael says they are centrally located where they are and it takes about the same amount of time to get to any part of time.
"We literally just out grew our old station. The four pices of apparatus that we had were literally bumper to bumper. You couldn't walk around the trucks. It was really tight, we had two personnel on staff at one time and one bunk room, so it was pretty cramped," said Carmichael.
The new firehouse will be about 50,000 square feet larger than the old one.
Right now the fire department is temporarily set-up across the street.
"The way it's set up, it's kind of tight getting in and out of here with the traffic right now."
The new firehouse will feature a drive-thru garage so firetrucks won't have to worry about blocking traffic to back up into the garage. Now they will enter on one side and drive out the other.
Other features include a training room, workout room, and larger living quarters separate from a public sitting area.
Firefighter Cole Potter says as a smaller department people from the area stop by more often than they do in big towns. In the old building there was no separation between living areas and the public entrance.
"Feels like we're going to have all the room in the world... and just knowing that we'll be able to purchase new equipment because we'll have the room," said Carmichael.
"It's kind of like a new home, everybody is excited for a new home... we pretty much spend most of our lives here," said Potter.
The project is expected to cost about $1.6 million and take about 330 days to finish.