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PHOTOS: Renovations Nearly Complete at Bedford Hills Firehouse

The Bedford Hills Fire station is almost ready for use and should be ready for a public open house in October.

The Bedford Hills Firehouse has gotten a facelift and an expansion.

Santo Curro, fire commissioner for the Bedford Hills Fire District, said the firehouse renovations, begun in October 2010, are nearly complete and in the final "punch list" phase. Furniture delivery is now taking place and final cleanups are almost finished.

Curro took Patch on a tour of the newly expanded facility and described the upgrades, which include making the building handicapped accessible and installing a sprinkler system, fitness center and an elevator, making it ADA-compliant.

The firehouse, built in 1958, is now set up to serve as an emergency command center for the town, with extensive wiring, equipment and communications capabilities in the event of a weather-related emergency or situation where the town is on heightened alert, Curro said.

Click through a photo gallery to see some of the upgrades, described in the captions.

Curro is in year two of his second, five-year term as commissioner and has been on site every day for two years in that volunteer capacity. He said he’s thrilled to see the process come to a close.

“It’s been a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end,” he said. “The great thing is we are under budget and the extra room and new features will improve the way we deliver services.”

The was presented to and approved by district voters in December 2008.

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Peter Sattler July 21, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Looks great, but do we really need a fitness center? Spending $6.9 million in this economy is a very questionable decision, even if it was "voter approved". These kinds of decisions are causing municipalities around the country to run out of cash and file for bankruptcy. I think the Bedford Hills library could use some money. Can we rent out the fitness center and give them the cash so they are not forced to cut even more staff or even close?
Peter Sattler October 26, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I found out from my wife today that the firefighters are upset with me for my above comment. Please allow me to clarify. My anger, frustration and sarcasm are directed towards the politicians, not the fire fighters. Our fire fighters do an amazing job! Its something I could never do, so kudos to you all. Thank you for taking on a difficult job. I mentioned our library because I know they are going through hard times right now. The staff there also does an amazing job! I tend to defend them because they seem to be forgotten. I think they deserve better! My sincere apologies to any firemen that I offended.

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