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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