Springfield Township Trustee Dennis Vallad and Fire Department Lt. Ryan Hart, with the oversize scissors, welcome the community to the ribbon cutting commemorating the opening of the new Station 3 on Andersonville Road. Photo by Phil Custodio
Springfield Township firefighters and trustees welcomed the community to their two new firestations on Andersonville Road, Sept. 29.
“This was a combined effort of the Springfield Township Board, fire department and the people of the township,” said Trustee Dennis Vallad at the open house.
Station 1 at 12800 Andersonville Road includes a tanker, ambulance, engine, and rescue vehicle. Station 3, 9482 Andersonville Road, includes a tanker, engine, utility truck, and fire-safety trailer, which is used to show children how to escape from a smoky house.
Both stations are equipped with a kitchen, common area, storage, laundry room, LED lights, and a room for workouts. In the future, they could include a dorm if the township decides to station them overnight.
Station 3 is also used for a polling place. The building has a larger common area space in order to accommodate voters. It has an extended awning, an entrance and exit door in order to make it easy for voters.
New wells and fill-up stations at both fire houses can fill a 3,000-gallon tanker truck in about two minutes, which was an important factor in recently reducing the township’s ISO rating to three, in an area with no fire hydrants.