New fire station officially opens in Essex

Attendees at the grand opening of Essex Fire Station 2 included from left; councillor Joe Garon, councillor Kim Verbeek, Essex mayor Richard Meloche, councillor Sherry Bondy, Essex fire chief Rick Arnel, councillor Morley Bowman and councillor Chris Vander Dolen. (Photo courtesy Town of Essex)

By Matt Weingarden – The Lakeshore News Staff

The Town of Essex and Essex Fire and Rescue Services celebrated the official grand opening of the new Essex Fire Station 2 this past weekend. 

The event kicked off with the marching of the firefighters lead by piper John Woodbridge and a blessing from Padre Chris Gevaert, followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Trumpeters Jason Nagy and Matthew Lepain. 

Mayor Meloche and Chief Arnel offered opening remarks followed by a ‘Push-in’ of the trucks, a tradition dating back to the late 1800’s.

Fire truck parked in the new Essex Fire Station #2 located at North Malden Rd. (Photo courtesy Town of Essex)

“This is an important addition to the community and will be integral to the safety and security of our residents.” said Rick Arnel, Fire Chief. “The location of our newest fire station will enhance the service provided to our residents as it is more central to established residential service areas.”

The new station is located on North Malden Road, can house up to five fire trucks, and includes a large training room that can accommodate up to 70 firefighters at a time.

 

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