Rice Lumber site best for fire and rescue

On behalf of the officers and members of the Shelburne Fire and Rescue Departments, we would like to thank everyone that attended our open forum and asking questions.

Over the course of the last week, we have had a number of people reach out to us posing questions that we did not address at that open forum and I wanted to take this opportunity to try and address some of those questions.

There was a question as to whether the Rice Lumber site would be any safer for egress than our current locations? The visibility of the proposed site is much better. The Longmeadow intersection has greater visibility to all traffic traveling north or south. Preemption devices will allow us to control the signals so entering Shelburne Road would be much safer. Also entering four lanes of traffic is easier to maneuver than the current two lanes in the village.

Can the current fire station be used for rescue and a new building be built for just fire to reduce cost? While this may seem like a good option, the amount of work needed to bring the current station up to code and make it livable 24/7 for rescue is extensive. There also is the benefit of having both departments in one building. Sharing personnel and resources will allow both departments to provide the best protection possible for the residents of Shelburne.

Is the Rice Lumber property the best site? Despite the study done in 2007 being 11 years old, the information is still relevant and accurate. This was chosen as the best site because of its central location in the town of Shelburne and ease of egress to all directions of Shelburne at a controlled intersection. The other sites considered had concerns such as not having curb cuts on Shelburne Road and the properties not being big enough to accommodate a facility that will last 50- plus years and allow for growth.

Does voting “yes” on March 5 lock us into a land purchase in 2020? We need to emphasize that this vote in no ways locks us into a land purchase. It is only the first step to assess the possibility of possibly purchasing a piece of land for future considerations.

We appreciate and welcome any and all questions that may arise. Please feel free to reach out to myself, chief@shelburnefire.org, and Chief Leopold, rescuechief@shelburnevt.org, with any other questions.

Jerry Ouimet
Shelburne Fire Chief

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