September 9, 2018
The perilous work of backing up a fire truck into the Plymouth Fire Company Station 2 and avoiding being hit by a distracted driver on busy Route 6 is no more after the town of Plymouth welcomed its newest building on Sunday.
The Plymouth Fire Company Station 2 held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony followed by an open house to show off the $3.2 million project that incorporates the existing station and adds 11,000 square feet, including a four-bay garage.
“This building is built for safety,” Fire Chief Mark Sekorski said.
The building is simple with no fancy paneling on the interior walls. It’s concrete blocks with a coat of paint on it. Any bells and whistles come with safety features for volunteer firefighters, including a new exhaust system and new washing machines to remove carcinogens from turnout gear.
Most importantly, the expansion to the rear of the building allows trucks to return to the Fire Company by simply driving straight in off Route 6. Fire trucks will continue driving to the side of the building where the bays are located. Trucks will leave on a driveway that connects to South Street, or Route 262. Trucks would no longer exit on to Route 6.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Mayor David V. Merchant said. “I’m so proud of this place … The completion of this facility gives the town of Plymouth a finer station with new, updated equipment all of our volunteers so desperately need.”
Merchant said when firefighters were backing fire trucks into the previous station, it was a “dangerous situation.
“I honestly believe by building this facility, we saved a life,” Merchant said.
Martin Sandshaw, chairman of the Plymouth Board of Fire Commissioners, said with the new station, for the first time firefighters will not be exposed to diesel fumes while the fire truck is idling. A new exhaust system is part of the new building, which was constructed by Burlington Construction.
The new building will also feature a display case that will hold the contents of a time capsule found in the wall of the former lobby during construction.
Fire Chaplain Victor Mitchell, who also served as chairman of the Plymouth Fire House Building Committee, said 15-year-old Terry Goodwin, in the middle of his paper route, secretly placed a time capsule into the wall of the vestibule while it was under construction in 1964, the year the previous building was built.
Goodwin placed a metal box with coins, stamps, campaign buttons for Barry Goldwater’s run for president as well as newspaper clippings in it and wrote a letter that described what he did and asked that the contents be handled with care.