A celebration was held on Sunday, May 5th, as the Litchfield Fire Department officially closed their longtime Charles Bancroft Highway headquarters, and opened their new facility at 10 Liberty Way. Eckman recently completed construction of the 10,800 square foot Litchfield Fire Station, in partnership with Warrenstreet Architects.
Fire Department staff removed the sign from the front of the aging building, strapped it down to the top of a fire truck, then gathered around a radio in the parking lot to listen as the final radio call from that location was broadcast. A procession of fire equipment then made its way through town, as residents waved and cheered the passing first responders from their yards. Upon arrival at their new home, the firefighters were greeted by a crowd of family members and local residents. With the vehicles secure in the expanded apparatus bays, everyone once again gathered in the parking lot and listened as the first official radio call was broadcast from the new facility.
Attendees were able to tour the fire station, which features four apparatus bays, two of which are oversized to accommodate large engine and tanker apparatus, as well as decon and gear storage areas located just off of the space to increase responder safety pre and post calls. A secure entry space, separate from the truck bays, welcomes visitors to the new station. It is also designed to accommodate future growth of the department.