• Castleton needs new facility
    June 20,2013
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    On behalf of the Castleton Volunteer Fire Department and Castleton First Responders, I commend Castletonís Select Board on their unanimous decision to call for a vote for a new emergency response facility. This progressive approach will move our town forward toward a visionary future. It is our responsibility as professionals to always protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.

    There will be two open-house events at the firehouse on Elm Street. The first will be on Saturday, June 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. The second will be on Sunday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. These events will give residents an opportunity to tour the current facility, viewing first-hand the conditions the fire department operates from while learning about the improved level of protection a new location will provide.

    A new emergency response building is long overdue for the town of Castleton. My fellow responders and I (the ones you depend on to help when you call) already know the current firehouse is unsafe and inadequate.

    The demographics of our town have changed since our department was formed. In the 1940s it may have made sense to locate the firehouse in the village; that is no longer the case. The vast majority of residents and businesses are now either in or west of the Route 30 corridor. Moving to a location on Route 30 will not only improve fire department response times for properties on the west side, but for the entire town as well.

    In addition to the fire departmentís ladder truck and equipment van, the first respondersí equipment is now housed in the Quonset hut. They do not have any permanent office or storage space, so a new home would provide a solution to these ongoing problems.

    The Castleton Volunteer Fire Department and Castleton First Responders are anxiously awaiting a positive vote for a new facility. This proposed project will significantly enhance our ability to protect the lives and property of the people in Castleton and is long overdue. Your support on July 23 would be greatly appreciated.

    RICHARD COMBS

    (First assistant fire chief)

    Castleton
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