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Residents support Slingerlands Fire expansion

The Slingerlands Fire Department station was opened in 1966. A proposed $1.8 million project would expand the building to allow for more room for equipment, trucks, and storage.

The Slingerlands Fire Department station was opened in 1966. A proposed $1.8 million project would expand the building to allow for more room for equipment, trucks, and storage.

By an overwhelming vote of 105 to 32, voters in the Slingerlands Fire District approved the borrowing of up to $1.8 million for expansion of the department’s headquarters.

District officials have proposed a number of improvements to the department’s building on New Scotland Road, including the installation of a ventilation system to rid equipment bays of noxious diesel fumes.

The department is also planning to extend bays for fire trucks, add room for storage and add a “ready room” for firefighters from other companies if they are needed for a call within the fire district.

The building, which was opened in 1966, needs plenty of work, as stained walls are visible from a badly leaking roof.

Because of the approval, the average homeowner in Bethlehem within the district will see a tax increase of $78.44, while the average New Scotland homeowner covered by Slingerlands Fire will pay $48.94 more.

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