Bartlett will speak at dedication

May 30, 1997

The new $1.6 million Halfway Volunteer Fire Company office building/engine bay on Lincoln Avenue will be dedicated Saturday.

Beginning at noon, there will be tours of the new facility, demonstrations of a residential sprinkler system, a kids safety trailer, safety displays, handouts and prizes.

At 2 p.m., U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., will deliver the keynote address and assist in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Activities will continue until 4 p.m.

Halfway, which has about 85 active volunteer firefighters and career medics, has five pumpers, one ladder truck, one ambulance and three smaller vehicles.

The new building replaces a small building built in 1969 that had a small office, lounge and makeshift bunk area in the attic.


Much of the furniture in the new fire hall was bought used, and the fixtures and materials are low maintenance and long-lived. The new building was built with hopes it could serve the company's needs for 50 years.

It has offices, training rooms, an exercise room, locker rooms, meeting room, bunk area for firefighters on duty, a kitchen and a lounge area with TV.

The fire company financed the building with a commercial loan with Hagerstown Trust Co. at 7 percent interest.

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