Don’t plan on stopping by Brimfield’s fire station anytime soon. The front door is gone and the rear door is blocked by construction, leaving only a downstairs door no one will answer.
Anyone who needs service from the fire department should call 911, Fire Chief Craig Mullaly said.
The minor inconvenience is because of ongoing construction on a building that will house Brimfield’s fire, zoning, economic development, parks department, administrative staff, fiscal office, IT department, and town hall in a single building.
The current fire station at 1333 Tallmadge Road is a repurposed barn the township started using in the late 1930s. The station’s apparatus bays, which can only fit six vehicles, were added in the late 1960s, leaving four more to sit outside in all weather.
The new fire station and administration building is going up at the corner of County Road 18 and state Route 43. The approximately $7.7 million project is being funded by a 1.37-mill levy voters approved in November 2020. The levy is intended to raise $8.5 million over 10 years.
Construction is not expected to be complete until 2024, Kostensky said, though the fire station part of the project should be done “sooner than later,” Brimfield Trustee Mike Kostensky said.
Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.