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Lebanon Fire Department

Posted on: January 9, 2024

Lebanon Central Fire Station Set for Major Upgrade

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The City of Lebanon Fire Department announces a significant update in its journey toward enhancing community safety and firefighter well-being. The Central Fire Station, a cornerstone of Lebanon's emergency response since 1954, is set to undergo a major replacement project.

Decades of Service and the Need for Change

Having served the community diligently for nearly 70 years, the Central Fire Station has transitioned from a volunteer department to a crucial emergency response center. With over 4,000 calls annually and a dedicated team of 30 staff members, the station has been pivotal in ensuring the community's safety. However, the aging infrastructure, from undersized doors for modern fire trucks to structural issues, has necessitated a significant upgrade.

A Future-Ready Fire Station

The proposed Central Fire Station Project, approved by the Lebanon City Council on December 13, 2023 as part of the 2024 City Budget, involves demolishing the existing structure and constructing a state-of-the-art facility on the same site. Designed by Lavallee|Brensinger Architects, the new station will address current limitations, enhance functionality, and improve safety standards.

Temporary Relocation and Uninterrupted Services

To ensure uninterrupted emergency services, the fire department will temporarily operate from the Lebanon Public Works Facility at 193 Dartmouth College Highway starting July 2024. The Lebanon Fire Department Administrative Staff will also relocate to Lebanon SAU 88, 20 Seminary Hill, ensuring continued public access to vital services.

Project Timeline and Public Engagement

Demolition of the old station is scheduled for August 2024, with construction commencing in October 2024. The project aims for completion in December 2025. Residents can stay informed through frequent updates and are encouraged to watch a detailed video by JAM - Junction Arts & Media, featuring Fire Chief Jim Wheatley, outlining the project's benefits.

A Commitment to Safety and Efficiency

This project represents a collective investment in Lebanon's future, prioritizing the safety and efficiency of its fire department and the community it serves. The final design phase is underway, with completion expected in late spring of 2024.

For more information and updates, please contact the Fire Department through the contact portal by visiting LebanonNH.gov/Contact

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