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Fire company breaks ground on new station

October 15, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Bulldozers dug into the sod on the front lawn of the former South Antrim Elementary School Wednesday to prepare the ground for Rescue Hose Co. No. 1's new fire station, which firefighters say will open in June.

The groundbreaking ceremony attended by local, county and state dignitaries Wednesday morning, marked the end of an era for the 100-year-old volunteer company. Next summer it will leave its familiar home at 48 S. Carlisle St. in Greencastle and move into the new, larger station being build at 842 S. Washington St. in Antrim Township south of Greencastle.

The new location will give the company more space, more bays to park fire trucks and ambulances, room to house a ladder truck the department hopes to acquire someday and quicker emergency response time, said Ronald Nicarry, president of the 590-member fire department. He said about 75 of the members are active firefighters.

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The company bought the former elementary school and the eight acres of ground it sits on at the intersection of South Washington Street and the U.S. 11 bypass south of Greencastle in 1996 for $225,000.

The land and construction of the new 77-by-148-foot firehouse will cost about $1.5 million Nicarry said. The money will come from department fund-raisers like carnivals, bingo and raffles, plus donations and possibly some low-interest loans, he said.

The old school building will be renovated. That includes a new roof and other structural work and converting classrooms into training rooms, male and female bunking areas, showers, a game room, a fitness room and meeting rooms, Nicarry said. He also said the fire department will continue to operate its Special Events Center at 407 S. Washington St.

Nicarry said the department's new site, despite being farther from downtown than the current firehouse, will cause no increase in residents' fire insurance rates. "Our response time will be the same or quicker from here," he said.

The Carlisle Street firehouse will be sold, he said.

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