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Springettsbury Township springs for new firehouse

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

When the Springettsbury fire station empties, it's not hard to see. There isn't a lot of room and the building is outdated.

"The building is deficient," township supervisor Bill Schenck said. "The building has a lot of problems and it's not up to ADA requirements."

A new state-of-the art firehouse has been approved and the reasoning behind the expensive upgrade is simple.

"We have to make sure that we are providing the latest and best possible fire protection that we can," said Springettsbury Volunteer Fire Company president Don Eckert.

The volunteer fire company, Fire Relief Association and Springettsbury Township will pay approximately $2.8 million towards construction costs. The rest of the money will come from the sale of the current firehouse property.

"Obviously, the balance has to be paid with tax dollars, but fortunately the funding and bonding are such that this building alone will not cause any impact to tax rates for the citizens of the township," said Schenck.

While most are on board with the new high-tech firehouse, Eckert has heard some opposition. Overall, he says a new firehouse has become necessary.

"Yes, it's a lot of money. We could go all over the township and find a lot of areas to find areas for this kind of money, but we do one project at a time and we think it is very important for our residents," said Eckert.

Fire officials said they are hoping to move into their new digs by the start of next summer.

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