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New Station 2 Official Opening Press Release
Mon, Jun 1, 2015

The Lewes Fire Department Inc. Station 82 is pleased to announce the completion of Station 2 located at 32198 Janice Road Lewes, DE 19958. Planning for Station 2 began in January of 2011 with a 12 person committee charged with overseeing the project. The committee goal was to design a building that would promote efficiency and functionality to the current operation of the Lewes Fire Department Inc. The building was designed and constructed to last well into the next 100 years. Moonlight Architects was selected to design the building with construction done by Harkins Contracting Inc.

Prior to the construction of the new facility the old building was razed and the pole barn moved to the adjacent property owned by Brad Ritter. The pole barn was utilized during the construction period as the temporary firehouse for emergency equipment response.

Construction began in October 2013 with final completion and occupancy to take place in April of 2015. The length of the project completion date was later than forecasted due to excessive snow and rain during the winter.   

The building totaling 24, 500 square feet is two stories with a partial basement with elevator service to all floors. The first floor hosts bunk rooms, offices, laundry room, tool room, radio, room, and compressor room. There is also a kitchen and members lounge.

The second floor includes 2100 plus square feet of meeting or gathering area, large breakout training room, kitchen for the meeting area, offices, and storage.

Basement area includes 4 mechanical type rooms, a large fitness room, two locker rooms and two large flexible storage rooms.

 Station 2 is located central to the Lewes Fire Department Inc. fire district and central to our personnel. The 7000 square foot engine bay currently houses an engine, tanker, rescue, brush and utility truck. There is a small boat for inland water and surf rescue as well as an ambulance. There is also a 230 kw Koehler diesel generator on site which serves as backup power for the facility. Additional space is also available to house additional equipment and resources in the event of a large scale or long term incidents. The station is currently operational to serve the needs of our growing district.

The Lewes Fire Department Inc. is staffed by volunteers who leave the comfort of their homes and daily lives to staff the apparatus for the response needed in the community. Donations and volunteers are always welcomed and needed. You can donate by mail to Lewes Fire Department Inc. PO Box 225 Lewes, De 19958 c/o the fund drive. You can obtain membership information by stopping by our main station at 347 Savannah or visit us online at www.lewesfire.com

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