September 19, 2019
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW FIRE SUBSTATION FOR NORTHWEST WOODS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT; SITE WILL HOUSE FIRE AND AMBULANCE EQUIPMENT ALONG WITH EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
Emergency and Cellular Communications Equipment to be added to site as part of East Hampton Town Emergency Communications system expansion and upgrade, significantly increasing level of public safety throughout the area
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Wednesday, September 18, on a new fire and emergency response substation being constructed on East Hampton Town property on Old Northwest Road, a former brush dump.
The town has leased approximately a half-acre of land at the site to East Hampton Village, which, through a contract with the town, provides fire and ambulance services to the Northwest Fire Protection District and Water Supply Protection District through the East Hampton Fire Department. The village will erect a 50 X 100’ substation that will house firefighting and emergency response equipment, enabling the fire department to more efficiently respond to calls for assistance in the area.
In addition, as a result of the enhancement of emergency services’ response capabilities in the Northwest area, many homeowners within the fire district may benefit from substantially reduced homeowners insurance premiums due to the proximity of the substation.
The construction of a communications pole at the site to enhance both cellular and town emergency communications is in the planning stages. The Northwest site was added to the roster of locations included in East Hampton Town’s comprehensive emergency services communications upgrade project.
The village will finance the $1.4 million construction project. The cost will be repaid through fire protection district taxes. Should the town in the future discontinue its contract with the village for fire protection in the Northwest district, the Town will assume the debt as well as ownership of the building.
“I thank Mayor Rickenbach and all the village officials for working with the town to accomplish this vital enhancement of emergency services for residents,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, “and wish to acknowledge the selfless service and professionalism of the East Hampton Fire Department’s firefighters and ambulance corps members in serving the community.”
Village, Fire Department, and Town officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Northwest Fire Protection District substation on Wednesday.