By: Blair Miller
Leaders in Ashland say they’re in desperate need of new fire and police stations, and they’re looking for help to get the job done.
Ashland firefighters and police officers invited Boston 25 News to see the current conditions of their stations. Problems included cramped quarters, holes in the basement, damaged ceilings and suspected mold.
“I came out of my bedroom one morning, and this ceiling tile was on the floor and water was leaking everywhere,” one firefighter said.
The fire station was built in 1928 for smaller trucks, and now is being used for much more 90 years later.
“There’s a lot of safety concerns,” Ashland Fire Chief Keith Robie said. “When you pull an apparatus out, you can see, it’s inches when they come through the door.”
In 2008, a Boston consulting group deemed the building to be “inadequate, obsolete and overcrowded.”
Now, there’s a similar concern at the police station next door.
The department is concern that what started as just wear and tear has now turned into a bigger problem, which in turn is impacting how they help the public.
“It just doesn’t have the safety standards that are required today for best practices,” Ashland Police Chief Craig Davis said.
The Ashland town manager told Boston 25 News that the town is calling for a new joint public safety building… Read more at Boston 25 news!