February 11, 2019 10:00 AM
SWEDEN, N.Y. (WHEC) -- It's a relatively new fire station, which was paid for with tax dollars, but is it still being used?
Pat Taney was asked to look into it for this week's Good Question report.
The station is on Owens Road in the town of Sweden. It's known as Station 5 and is now a part of the Brockport Fire District.
It was built six years ago and cost nearly $400,000.
Massimo Nolletti, a taxpayer who lives nearby, says he never sees it being used.
"Obviously this was a taxpayer-funded project," Nolletti said. "It would be nice to know what happened and if this was money wasted."
News10NBC went to the station last Monday. At the very same time that we were there, a fire was happening just a few miles away.
The station remained closed and the fire truck at Station 5 didn't move nor respond to the fire.
We took Nolletti's question to Christopher Martin, the public information officer with the Brockport Fire District.
Taney: Is this station used?
Martin: Absolutely. It's a very active station but it may not look that way to someone.
This station is only used for specific purposes and was built only to respond to certain calls.
Let's address the fire truck you may see that is parked in the garage here.
"That truck is a tanker and holds 3,000 gallons of water," Martin said.
It's used only to fight fires in areas where there are no hydrants. The fire last week that we mentioned, had plenty of hydrants available.
"They did not need the tank water this truck provides in that fire," Martin said.
The town of Sweden built the station in 2013 to serve areas without hydrants. Brockport Fire took it over when the districts merged.
"It is still a good place to have the station," Martin said. "This is south of the village and has quick access to Route 31. The tanker can go east or west and hit Route 19 or hit the east side of the district with a large amount of water in areas that don't have hydrants."
This station is also used for training nearly every Tuesday evening. There's a classroom and you may also notice a trailer outside the station.
Fires are intentionally set inside the trailer for live firefighter training.
"That live burn trailer was put here because there are no neighbors close," Martin said. "This is a rural area. The chief is making sure that his people are trained and ready should you need them in an event of a real fire."
So while Station 5 may look quiet most days, Martin says rest assured, this place is needed.
"The truck is here," Martin said. "It is at the ready and the firefighters have access to building 24/7."
By the way, no local tax money was used for the live burn trailer -- it was funded through a FEMA grant.
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Updated: February 11, 2019 10:00 AM
Created: February 11, 2019 08:44 AM
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