Grand Isle Volunteer Fire Department Ceremonially Breaks Ground on New Fire Station

GRAND ISLE, Vt. - For Grand Isle volunteer firefighters, Wednesday was a day they'll never forget.

The department ceremonially broke ground on its new fire station.

Grand Isle Fire Chief Tod Boutin says the project was finally approved last Town Meeting Day, almost ten years after it was proposed.

"There was a debate between where the station should be. We had to put a vote on the bond vote, and we actually had to reduce the price," said Boutin.

Boutin says the project eventually came down from $1.58 million to $1.57 million, after the size of the building was reduced.

He says the need for a new fire station is simple.

"It's time to get a newer look for the future, and bigger and better building," said Boutin.

The current space was built in 1970. Boutin says it's been deteriorating, and isn't big enough for the department's fire trucks, or its 20 volunteers.

Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Clark says the new facility will have more offices, dispatch space, a kitchen, and more.

"We're unable in this one to hook up our brush truck and our boat; the other one things will be hooked up, ready to go," said Clark.

Clark says he's unsure what will happen to the current space, but the town will take it over.

"That could be doing something with the Town Garage moving in, or they may demolish it," said Clark.

Construction will formally begin on Monday.

The fire department says it will take about a year to complete.

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