hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

March 20, 2014

Station reopens after repairs

16th Avenue fire house closed for 3 months

By Shawn Regan
Staff Writer

---- — The Sixteenth Avenue fire station is back in action.

The city closed the more-than-century-old station in December to repair and reinforce the building’s foundation and install a new floor.

The job cost nearly $115,000, city officials said.

Mayor James Fiorentini said the station’s floor was previously replaced in 1989, but that it deteriorated rapidly due to the weight of fire trucks and weather.

The station’s fire trucks and other apparatus were temporarily relocated to the nearby Trinity Ambulance facility off nearby Primose Street during the work.

The fire house, one of four full-time fire stations in the city, reopened Friday.

“I would like to thank Trinity Ambulance for their true partnership when it was needed,” Fiorentini said. “By allowing us to maintain a vehicle in their garage, it gave us the ability to have no down time in that part of the city during construction.”

The city’s other full-time fire stations are on High Street, Water Street and Route 125 in Bradford.

The Sixteenth Avenue station was built in the 1800s and originally included stables for horses that pulled fire apparatus.

Money to repair the station’s floor was set aside in the mayor’s capital improvements plan, which City Council approved several months ago.

The capital plan also includes $420,000 for a new fire pumper truck, which the mayor said he hopes to buy by summer. Firefighters have complained that all eight of the department’s pumper trucks are old and unreliable.

Repairs to the Sixteenth Avenue station followed renovations that were made in 2011 to the Bradford fire station. They included a new boiler, roof, floors and cooking area.

Public Safety Commissioner Alan DeNaro said making sure the city’s deteriorated fire stations got some overdue attention was one of his priorities when he was promoted to that position two years ago. He oversees both the police and fire departments.

About the 16th Avenue station

Built in the 1800s

Originally included stables for horses that pulled fire equipment

Repairs just completed cost $115,000

Work included reinforcement of the station’s foundation, installation of new floor