The preliminary cost estimate for the expansion as configured is about $1.5 million. Along with equipment the total cost would be closer to $1.8 million. Those are initial estimates, though, and the final plan might differ from what's being looked at now.
The department's building reserve fund contains about $226,000, meaning the project would have to be bonded, subject to voter approval.
Voters in Guilderland's Westmere Fire District recently approved by a comfortable margin a resolution to bond $5.27 million for a firehouse expansion. Officials there gave the size of the apparatus bays as a reason for proposing the expansion.
Eck said there would be public hearings and information sessions as the proposal moves forward.