Fire apparatus being moved to new Palmerton station tonight
As of this weekend, all of Palmerton's fire trucks will be housed in the borough's new fire station at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue.
At 6 o'clock tonight, the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company will move the two pumpers from the former Palmerton Fire Company No. 1 into the new station, said Larry Zawaly, fire chief, Palmerton Municipal Fire Company.
Zawaly said the two pumpers had been housed at the former fire company's quarters at 414 Third St.
In addition, Zawaly said the ladder truck, pumper, and mini pumper from the West End Fire Company No. 2 will be moved into the new station Saturday afternoon.
"They (the two pumpers from Third Street) will be operating out of there starting tonight," Zawaly said. "All five (vehicles) will be housed and operating from out of the station (as of Saturday night)."
The action comes one week after borough council, on a narrow 4-3 vote, approved an ordinance to establish the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company as an officially recognized fire company to provide fire protection and related services to the borough.
Also at that time, council appointed 16 firefighters and six fire police as members of the new fire company.
The formation of the Palmerton Municipal Fire Company coincides with the completion of the borough's new, $1.2 million, three-bay fire station.
The two-story, five-door station was built by CC Construction Services of Allentown, and has double entry from both Lehigh Avenue, as well as the alley between Delaware and Lehigh Avenues.
It has room to house up to five vehicles. There are also two access driveways, a small parking area, and various utility service connections.
In October 2010, the borough accepted a grant presented by then Speaker of the House Keith McCall, for the purchase of a new fire station. It was determined at that time that the borough would utilize that grant, along with $35,000 from the borough's general fund, to cover the $940,000 cost to build the fire station.
The new station was built with a $906,000 grant the borough received, as well as funds the borough had available.