Wales Fire Department gets funds for restrooms

The Wales Fire Department reorganized in 2007 and today stands tall with 19 volunteer firefighters.

The Wales Fire Department received $1,000 donations from the City of Wales and the City Park Board for construction of restroom facilities at the fire hall. Wales mayor Bob Hodgson (left), and City Park Treasurer Tomi Hodgson (right), present the checks to Fire Department president Brian Hart (center) last week.
The Wales Fire Department received $1,000 donations from the City of Wales and the City Park Board for construction of restroom facilities at the fire hall. Wales mayor Bob Hodgson (left), and City Park Treasurer Tomi Hodgson (right), present the checks to Fire Department president Brian Hart (center) last week.

Posted on 8/17/13

By Lee Coleman

The Wales Fire Department reorganized in 2007 and today stands tall with 19 volunteer firefighters and a new fire hall courtesy of the federal government and the U.S. Border Patrol at the Maida port of entry.

Working in conjunction with the North Central Planning Council over the last four years on a cost-sharing initiative, the fire department moved into the new fire hall last summer as work continued on the building.

Last week, the community pitched in to assist the building efforts when the City of Wales and the City Park Board donated $1,000 each for the construction of new restroom facilities at the fire hall.

“The donations really helped,” Fire Department president Brian Hart said. “The donations have helped immensly in covering our restroom costs.”

The new restrooms will be located between the two sides of the fire hall and will be accesssible for citizens visiting the city park.

“The park is quite close to the fire hall and the restrooms will be available for the park and city events,” said Wales mayor Bob Hodgson. “This is great news to the park as we are really in need of a restroom facility and this plan is much better than the park would be able to afford.”

The city approved the funding in June and the early phases of construction have begun.

“You have to get all the right people together to make it work,” Hart said. “It will be nice for people in the park because there aren’t any restroom facilities there now.

“The concrete was poured last week and as soon as the materials come in, we’ll start with the construction of the walls. We expect to complete the construction sometime during the winter using all volunteer labor.”

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