In 2004, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) purchased an approximate 7-acre parcel of land to serve as the site for a substation on Omar Road in Clarksville. For the past few years, a renovated farm implement building has been serving as temporary housing for the company’s equipment on the site. But this past Monday a groundbreaking ceremony introduced details for the new substation, projected to be completed and in use by this fall.
The MVFC substation is the company’s first major capital building upgrade in 29 years. The new 7,300-square-foot substation at 34237 Omar Road will serve to provide ready service and prompt response to those within the coverage area, without fighting congestion and construction on Route 26. It will be equipped with two drive-through bays and two additional standard bays. The interior will include four bunk rooms, a lounge, a radio room and a kitchen. The second-floor mezzanine level is to provide more than 2,000 square feet for future expansion.
“We’re very pleased to have a new substation coming out on Omar Road,” said MVFC Public Information Officer Bob Powell. “It will provide valuable service and enhance our fire and ambulance facility. Now, we’ll have something in the western region of our coverage area.”
The substation will house the tanker, engine and utility pickup that are currently situated at the temporary location, but no new apparatus is expected to be purchased by the company in the near future.
“Whenever an alarm comes in, we have guys who respond to that station, but it will be nice to get the substation up and running to avoid congestion on [Route] 26,” said Powell.
The cost of the construction of the substation is estimated at $1.2 million. Donations are being sought by the MVFC to help fund the capital improvement project.