BFD hosts open house for new station

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Many people throughout the community arrived at the new fire station on May 29 for the department's open house. People filled the room and watched a few speakers before viewing the various areas of the building. Fire chief Mark Pitzer said he was overwhelmed by the support the community gave the department during the process of the project.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman Fire Department welcomed the public to the new fire station 71 for an open house. The event featured speakers who helped create and finish the project. Pictured, fire chief Mark Pitzer spoke about the new station and its central location.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Members of the Boardman Fire Department and Boardman’s Trustee Board cut the ribbon on station 71, opening it for use. The building will house 14 people and six of the department's vehicles during the day.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The opening of the new fire station located on Market Street next to the Center Intermediate School took nine years to plan and build. The building has a more central location than the department's previous station, which will allow them to respond to emergencies on the south side of Boardman quicker.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman Fire Department had an open house where people could see the different areas of the new fire station. The building has sleeping chambers, offices, a fitness room, a training room and a kitchen.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Boardman Fire Department and Boardman’s Trustee Board celebrated the opening of the new fire department station on May 29.

The fire department opened their new station 71 to the community. They began the program with a small talk where multiple people involved in the project spoke. After, they allowed people to walk around the new facility.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support,” said fire chief Mark Pitzer, who said that he appreciates how the community rallied around the project.

Brad Calhoun, the chair of Trustees, Pitzer and former fire chief James Dorman spoke at the event. Township Administrator Jason Loree introduced Calhoun, who spoke about the space limitations in the old station and the nine-year process of the project.

Pitzer thanked MS Consultants for the new building and noted that its central location will allow quicker response times to Boardman’s south side. James Dorman walked to the microphone with a picture of Boardman’s first fire station in his hand. He likened himself to a historian of the fire department and spoke about the history of the group.

The Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League donated a flag to the department and presented it during the program. Following the presentation, the fire department opened the building to the public to tour.

The facility houses 14 people during the day: half firefighters and half staff workers. They will also have six vehicles on the site. The building meets the newest codes and standards, including different bathrooms for men and women and different sleeping areas for both as well.

Among the different rooms, they have a training area set up like a lecture hall, a fitness center to stay in shape, sleeping quarters, offices, a kitchen and a room with the blueprints for the building.

The event featured a table from the Boardman Lions Club, which gave away hats and stickers. They also displayed their plans for a memorial commemorating all those who served in one of Boardman’s safety services. The Boardman Safety Services Memorial will be built next to the new station.

The department also provided a dinner for attendees. This food included slices from Cocca’s Pizza and wings and drinks from Buffalo Wild Wings.

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