Fire Station 6 will be shut down for upgrades

Fire Station 6 will be shut down for upgrades

PAWTUCKET – Newport Avenue Fire Station 6 will be shut down for major renovation work in late November, and personnel will be shifted to Columbus Avenue Station 3 as that work is completed.

Mayor Donald Grebien said a new leadership team at Station 6 questioned working conditions at the station, including problems with asbestos and lead paint. Air quality testing was done, he said, and no issues found, but officials have since decided to address the contaminated paint and asbestos flooring anyway.

Officials would have been fine coating the floor to seal in the asbestos, said Grebien, but decided to move forward with more intensive upgrades. All of the electrical systems in the building will also be upgraded, he said.

Though officials determined that “no one is in jeopardy” at Station 6, said Grebien, they felt like now is a good time to address the many updates needed.

Grebien said the Newport Avenue station is like many other city buildings that have suffered from a lack of serious investment over the years. He said there is now a concerted effort to put money back into those facilities.

Dylan Zelazo, chief of staff to Grebien, said a pre-bid conference, where officials meet with prospective bidders to discuss details of what they’re looking for, will be held on Wednesday of this week. Construction documents have already been completed and are out to bid, he said Monday, and responses from qualified bidders are due at the Pawtucket Purchasing Board’s meeting next Thursday, Oct. 27. A qualified bidder will likely be chosen at the board’s Nov. 10 meeting, and work should get started by the end of November and wrapped up in a couple months, said Zelazo.

Zelazo said the plan to temporarily move Station 6 personnel to Station 3 does not change the controversial long-term goal of closing Station 3 next to McCoy Stadium, but it does delay the planned closing.

There is plenty of room for both Engine 3 and Engine 6 at the Columbus Avenue station, and enough space for staff from both stations to stay in the living quarters, said Zelazo.

The entire cost of the work at Station 6 is expected to be $100,000 or more, said Zelazo, including addressing the asbestos and lead paint and bringing electrical systems up to code. The issues to be addressed were all identified in an outside study of local fire stations.

There was no scheduled date for permanently closing Station 3, said Zelazo, and there still isn’t. Officials don’t anticipate a significant impact on fire response times during the time everyone’s working out of the one station, he said.

Firefighters, some City Council members and others have been strongly opposed to the idea of closing the station, with some accusing Grebien of planning to close the facility so he can give it to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Zelazo said some City Council members have requested more discussions on alternative options to closing Station 3, and the planned delay will give them more time to have those talks.

Comments

You mean you want to to keep,a station open? Omg. That's so nice of you . Sure you can't close them all? Let's close one that responds to every fire in the city ... Does that sound sound good Tony? Sure. What do they know? As long as my festa doesn't have to have a detail !!!! Donny... They're firemen... They're dumb.... Plus I wear white shoes... They're scared