The purpose of the Abington Fire Station Building Committee is to collaborate with the Owner's Project Manager, the Architect, Town Manager, and Fire Chief in overseeing and facilitating the design, development, and construction of a modern fire facility. In addition, the Committee will recommend a Fire Station Building Plan for the Town of Abington, which will accommodate the needs of the town, the residents, and the Fire Department.
Abington has two fire stations in operation, one located at 1040 Bedford Street and one at 5 Rockland Street.
1040 Bedford Street serves as the Headquarters Fire Station. It houses the administrative offices, Fire Prevention, four firefighters/paramedics, and multiple fire apparatus. This station was built in 1964 and had no additions or major renovations. However, the ongoing widening of Route 18 by Mass DOT has caused an increase in traffic, which hampers the ability of emergency fire apparatus coming and going from this location and an impending reduction of available parking areas for the fire apparatus.
5 ockland Street is a smaller sub-fire station, housing two firefighter/paramedics and fire apparatus. This station was built in 1973 and has chronic heating and air quality issues. The property is relatively small and does not allow for any additional significant renovations.
Neither fire station has separate women's or men's facilities for restrooms, showers, or living areas, for both employees and the general public. Neither location has an emergency medical treatment area for walk-in patients, dedicated decontamination areas, or ventilated personal protective equipment clothing areas. Both fire stations have the fire apparatus and vehicles located immediately adjacent to office and living and staging areas, with no airlocks for separation.
A lot has changed in the past 60 years, and the fire service is no exception. Our department meets an increased need for medical service provisions with advanced life support ambulances and related equipment and specialized equipment for fire suppression, rescues, and hazardous material handling. The gear and training our firefighters receive make our firefighters, residents, and town safer. Vehicles carrying this equipment are larger, restricting space at the Stations. The buildings housing the trucks, equipment, and staff are no longer adequate to meet the community's needs.