DELAWARE WATER GAP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – They’re here to help the community, but now they need assistance of their own.
A firehouse in the Poconos is deteriorating and desperately needs repairs. The issues are affecting firefighters’ abilities to raise money and respond to emergencies.
Firefighters with Delaware Water Gap Chemical & Hose Co. #1 are ready to rush to calls.
But, it might take them a few minutes to leave the firehouse.
“Our bay doors, when there’s no power, we can’t get them up. So we have to manually open our bay doors, which takes some time to do,” explains Fire Chief Brad Miller.
The firehouse was built in the 1960s and the generator hasn’t been replaced since. Some days it works, but other days there is no power.
The firehouse also needs power in order to charge the trucks. Without power, they don’t run.
“My biggest concern is making sure they have the tools that they need to keep us safe,” says Mayor Larry Freshcorn, Delaware Water Gap.
Firefighters hold fundraisers in the adjoining hall and even rent it for extra money. But the kitchen appliances don’t work, there’s a leaky ceiling, and the floors are buckled from a water main break.
“There was about three inches of water in here last year, I believe,” Chief Miller recalls.
The firehouse is used as a command post during search and rescue efforts. It’s also considered an emergency shelter for the borough.
But, there’s just one problem. “We can’t provide for any of the homeowners. We have a small generator. If the power does go out, it’s not going to light up the whole building,” Chief Miller explains.
Putting out a different kind of call.
The department hopes to raise $200,000 dollars for renovations. Click here if you’d like to help them reach the goal