Helping Castleton Fire at 39 Elm Street
The Castleton Fire Department was established here in Castleton in 1946 by members of the community. The purpose for establishing the department came after cries from townspeople for the help after loosing businesses to fires in the village and lake areas. The original station was a shed with a wood fire heating system located across the street from the Castleton Village School on Mechanic Street. Land donated for use of the Castleton Highway Department later became it's home. The original location of the highway department was on Elm Street, and is known today as the Edward L. Ellis Memorial Station. Edward Ellis was a true Castletonian. Not only was he one of the founding members of the department, he donate much of his time to the town. Edward and his family also donated property that the town could not be without today. The building was used up through the years, and today houses the Castleton Fire Departments apparatus, and emergency response trailers for Castleton First Response. In the early 70's construction began on a second station home next door to the Edward L. Ellis Memorial Fire Station. This allowed for the fire department to expand to 1 small pumper, 2 large pumpers, and a water tender or tanker truck. In the 1980's an addition was built over the top of the building, and it was dedicated to long time member, fire chief, and town service man Bill Mulholland. This station is presently known as C.W. Mulholland Fire Station. While the fire department does have a place to call home, there are hardships being faced presently today.
What is the issue?
With the new construction and dimensions of fire truck chassis our station is becoming obsolete. Space for firefighters to put on gear to respond for calls is disappearing and has become very tight quarters.
In 2008 the Castleton Fire Department placed a new tanker in service. This tanker was awarded to the town thanks to the efforts of past member, and chief officer Mark Brown. At the time it was a brand new Kentworth chassis with a body manufactured by Toyne, Inc. It is great service to the town as being a safer vehicle for firefighters to respond with, and holds 2300 gallons of water on board. The down fall with this truck is the trucks height. There is only clearance of 3" between the roof cab, and top of the body to the upper casing of the bay door.
In October 2010, Castleton Fire Department ended an era. The retirement for Engine 4, a 1974 Maxim Pumper Truck was retired for service. A new truck was placed in service, Castleton Engine 3. Engine 3 has been named to three pieces of apparatus now, first an American LaFrance pumper, later our traditional Maxim pumper, and today's present pumper truck will certainly be one to remember. Engine 3 is the first modern custom chassis truck the town has owned. It is a Sutphen Pumper, and carries a crew of 6 people. It is easier however to back the truck into the station to place in service than it is to take it out for emergencies and training. The concrete floor in the station is no longer level, and is deteriorating. This causes the angle of the truck to tilt when leaving the building leaving only 1" - 1 1/2" of clearance on each side of the mirrors to exit the building. The top of the cab as well is only inches away from not being able to clear.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE PETITION TO SIGN?
On Monday, May 7, 2012 the Castleton Volunteer Fire Department released a petition asking the legal voters of Castleton, VT to bond $1.5 Million for construction of a new fire station and first response office. The plan stands the same as appears for the fire departments section of the proposed bond. Location planned for purchase pending approval of a bond vote is located on VT Route 30 N just south of the medical center.
Locations to sign the petition for vote:
Castleton Village Store, Main Street, Castleton Village
Beverage King Discount Beverage, Route 4A West, Castleton
Gilmore's Home Center, Route 4A West, Castleton
Castleton Corners Citgo Deli & Gas, Castleton Corners
Tom's Bait & Tackle, Route 4A West, Castleton
Paul's Family Pizza, Route 4A West, Hydeville
Brown's Farm Stand, Route 30 South, Castleton
Green Mountain Country Depot, Main Street, Castleton
Sunrise Restaurant, Route 30 North, Castleton Corners
THANK YOU TO ALL THE BUSINESSES FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN HELPING THE CASTLETON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND TO THE CITIZENS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE LAST 76 YEARS! WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK HARBOR VIEW GENERAL STORE, CREEK RD, HYDEVILLE & PRUNIERS MARKET, ROUTE 4A WEST, CASTLETON, FOR HOUSING THE PETITION WHEN FIRST RELEASED.
Members/Supporters of the fire department will also be coming door to door seeking support on this petition. Thank you in advance for you continued dedication of our emergency services.
Below is a slideshow showing problems that exist with the C.W. Mulholland Memorial Fire Station when all units are in service, the downstairs floor, and the meeting room/upstairs issues. At the bottom is another slideshow available for viewing concerning the issues next door at the Edward L. Ellis Memorial Fire Station.