On the morning of May 8th, Mayor Ed Pawlowski and other dignitaries gathered for a ground-breaking ceremony for a new East Side Fire Station in the 700 block of North Irving Street in Allentown. Joining the Mayor were Fire Chief Bob Scheirer, members of City Council, representatives of East Side neighborhood groups and local residents.
“The new station will be a substantial improvement over the old facility,” said Pawlowski. “The new station will be better for the firefighters and the equipment. It will also have women’s quarters which were lacking in the old station.”
The new station, which will be a two-story building with three bays, will accommodate up to eight firefighters and two paramedics.
“The old station was basically a garage with extremely tight living quarters,” said Scheirer. “The workout area consisted of a treadmill placed between the firefighters’ beds.”
The original station, built in 1953, was closed in September 2011 because of structural damage. The station was demolished last June.
Pawlowski said, “This is another part of the transformation of Allentown that is visible in all parts of our city, and we are very happy to erect this new facility on the East Side.”