by John M. Curtin
The long-awaited firehall renovation at Lewiston Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 is finally at hand. The project, which is estimated at a cost $1.5 million, will leave the North Sixth Street fire station bigger and better than ever.
"The equipment has simply outgrown the firehall - it's all bigger than it was back in 1967, which is when we last renovated," says Les Myers, Lewiston No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co. president.
The makeover, which is expected to begin within the next month, will remodel the existing station and attach an addition that will give the five-truck bay new handicap-accessible restrooms, new offices and storage space. Myers describes it as a "complete makeover" - everything from paving to painting.
"We've been working towards this and saving money for the past 25 years," he says.
The fire company envisions the project taking 10 months to a year to complete. Myers assures, however, that, during renovations, Lewiston No. 1 will remain fully active and will continue to serve the Lewiston community as it always has. The official announcement and ground-breaking ceremony will be coming soon, but a date has yet to be set. More information and news about the firehall can be found online at http://www.lfd1.com.