Some apparatus remains stored outside. The station does not have an official area for firefighters to clean off their clothing and equipment after a fire. The roof also is an issue and leaks in several areas.
“We keep it clean, we keep it livable, but we are utilizing every square inch,” O’Brien said. “The roof is an ongoing problem; you patch one hole, then you get another.”
O’Brien, officially named fire chief earlier this month after serving as interim chief since March, said his staff has done a lot of station improvements through the years.
CIP officials agreed the fire station should take a top priority on the list of projects to get done.
“The building could continue to deteriorate,” Town Councilor and CIP Committee Chairman John Farrell said.