Town officials and community members gathered on the morning of Wednesday, May 29, to cut the ribbon on the Harrisburg Fire Department’s brand new Station 2 firehouse.
Work on the 11,500-square-foot firehouse, which sits at 9331 Rocky River Road and just up the street from the building it will replace next month, began more than a year ago. Construction crews still need to finish some interior work, including replacing the flooring and installing communication and technology equipment, before the new Station 2 firehouse officially goes online on Monday, June 10, according to Harrisburg Fire Chief Bryan Dunn.
“It’s like building a house,” said Chief Dunn, shortly after he and Mayor Steve Sciascia cut the ribbon on the new facility. “There are just a lot of details to oversee.”
While addressing firefighters and community members who had gathered for the event, Chief Dunn explained that plans for the station date back to 2005, when the town purchased the 8 acres on which the building now stands. He said that purchase, coupled with engineering and construction costs, puts the property’s total investment at $4.8 million.
The new building boasts three bays for fire apparatus, along with separate weight and TV rooms for firefighters, as well as other amenities, including a kitchen, and a washer and drier. Future plans call for the installation of a training facility to the rear of the property for the department’s firefighters.
“It’s more than three times the size of the old building,” said David Bradshaw, the Harrisburg Fire Department’s Public Information Officer, referring to the old Station 2 firehouse that measures 3,600 square feet and was built in 1978.
He noted that Edifice General Contractors of Charlotte has overseen the construction of the new firehouse, which was designed by Stewart Cooper Newell Architects of Gastonia. The same architectural firm designed Station 3, which is located at 8045 Rocky River Road.
Chief Dunn said the new Station 2 firehouse was designed to serve the greater Harrisburg community for the next 40 to 50 years—if not longer.
“We’re so excited for you guys, and so grateful for what you do for our community,” Mayor Sciascia said while addressing attendees who had gathered inside the vacant truck bays.