The Central Fire Station in downtown Lebanon has served the community since 1954, evolving from a volunteer department to a vital hub for emergency response. Responding to over 4,000 calls annually, the station has become a central point for a dedicated team of 30 staff members. Signs of age and limitations in the building's design from inadequately sized doors to accommodate modern fire trucks, to structural cracks, inadequate locker rooms, and outdated climate control have prompted the City of Lebanon to embark on a proposed replacement project.
The Central Fire Station Project plan involves demolishing the original structure and constructing a modern fire station on the existing property. This forward-looking approach addresses the challenges described above and many more. Throughout the construction phase, the fire department would temporarily operate from a nearby facility, providing uninterrupted emergency response services and preserving the community's safety.
The public is encouraged to watch a video featuring Fire Chief Jim Wheatley, which outlines the current state of the Central Fire Station and the proposed project's benefits. This video was created by JAM - Junction Arts & Media. Preliminary designs from Lavallee|Brensinger Architects offer insights into the new station's layout, demonstrating its commitment to enhanced functionality and safety. Construction is proposed to begin as early as the end of 2024, with a completion target date of December 2025. This proposed project signifies a collective investment in a safer and more efficient future for the Lebanon Fire Department.
A project presentation is scheduled for September 27, 2023, at 7:00pm. Participants can attend in person in the Council Chambers of City Hall or remotely through LebanonNH.gov/LIVE.
For further information, contact Lebanon Fire Chief Jim Wheatley at 603-448-8810.