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Fire station planned for downtown Malta

Joint effort from Round Lake and Malta Ridge fire departments a response to growth

75-foot ladder truck at Round Lake Station

75-foot ladder truck at Round Lake Station Photo by Marci Revette.

— With the new station, it us unlikely the two substations would no longer be needed. The two companies formed a joint committee consisting of five members from each company to determine what would be done with the two substations. The Malta Ridge substation is on Route 9 near the Malta Community Center and the Round Lake substation is on Taddeo Road.

“The two substations will no longer be fire stations,” said Sievers. “We’re at the point now where construction costs are so high, that it may make sense not to duplicate that space in a new building. That’s the tradeoff they’re going to have to consider.”

The size of the new building has not been determined. The Fire Companies of Malta will develop the conceptual design within the next month with hopes of starting construction in the spring.

The building will be designed so that it will accommodate some of the larger equipment that will be needed downtown, including the new 100-foot ladder truck. It will have four apparatus bays able to hold as many as eight trucks.

“We’re looking at Malta and saying there’s a lot of growth,” Sievers said. “We have to plan for the future with this one. We’re going to put some capabilities in there that can be used for paid firefighters.”

The big goal, he continued, is to have the structure of the building up by next fall so the interior work can be done next winter.

“Our goal is for us to occupy the new station within 14 months,” he said.

Sievers said an informational meeting would probably be held at Malta Town Hall sometime in the future in order to bring residents up to speed on the project.

“We think this is a tremendous opportunity for the residents of the town,” Sievers said. “It’s taking two independent organizations and really showing that they are working together in protecting the folks. We sure would encourage and invite anyone that has that interest in helping us to consider joining one of the two departments.”

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