Everything But the Pole

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Lt. Ken Mercadante took a break from polishing up the glass doors on the new Montclair fire headquarters to give the Barista a sneak preview of the building, which has its grand opening at a ceremony tonight at 6. The $5.2 million, 22,000 square foot facility took two years to build and replaces the old fire headquarters and the Walnut Street station.
In addition to the ribbon cutting, firefighters were cooking up a storm (we saw lots of sausage and peppers) and they’re going to give tours of the building. On display is a room full of memoribilia from the Montclair Fire Department, including photos, old hats, uniforms, relay equipment and firehouse bells.

The only thing the new firehouse doesn’t feature is a pole. (Darn!) All the dormitories are on the first floor.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t come tonite, but did want to ask one question: what’s the tower, on the right hand side, for? It has lots of stairs. Cardio?
    Cary

  2. What a nice dedication/celebration!
    Lt. Ken Mercadante took me on a tour, too; it must have been a lllong day for our people in blue.
    So I asked him Cary’s question. He told me all about that 3 story tower: it’s for training purposes. Scaling up it, with ladders; rappeling down it, with ropes; even filling it with smoke to simulate that fire condition.
    Wow.

  3. What a nice dedication/celebration!
    Lt. Ken Mercadante took me on a tour, too; it must have been a lllong day for our people in blue.
    So I asked him Cary’s question. He told me all about that 3 story tower: it’s for training purposes. Scaling up it, with ladders; rappeling down it, with ropes; even filling it with smoke to simulate that fire condition.
    Wow.

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