SYRACUSE — In firefighting tradition, a Hose Uncoupling Ceremony was held Saturday at Turkey Creek Fire Station 1, South Huntington Street, Syracuse, for the remodeling of the station. Members of the fire department, fire territory board, architects, contractors and township trustee were present for the event.
The Hose Uncoupling Ceremony is a fire department’s version of a ribbon cutting.
The dignitaries included Julie Close, township trustee; Corky Wong, fire territory board member; John Kolton and Eric Hawkins with Milestone Construction Inc., contractors on the project; and Jim Malcom and Dan Chamberlin with Malcom and Associates Inc., architects on the project.
The ceremony kicked off the open house where firefighters proudly showed off the remodeling which has been completed. An open house for Station 2, which has also been remodeled, is being planned for sometime in June.
Some who took a tour of the remodeled station reminisced of how it looked before.
The remodeling included the addition of a hose tower, armor tuff flooring in the truck bays and living quarters, new concrete aprons in front and back to the truck bays, repainting of the truck bays, LED exterior sign, new windows, an additional entry to the living quarters on the second floor and relocation of several doors. The former dispatch office was turned into an office space for the three battalion chiefs, the old kitchen turned into a gear room, and the old restroom turned into a laundry room area. The original living quarter space was turned into an EMS supply room, and the original living quarters area turned into an open entry way into the south truck bay.
LED lights with motion sensors have been added throughout the building and in the kitchen area a new cooking area added and carpeting installed in the meeting room.
While most of the exterior was changed to new sheet metal siding, the bricks from the old fire station remain.