Helping Castleton Fire at 39 Elm Street

History


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.

  • This is a view of the middle bay which is home to Castleton Brush1/Engine 5 and Castleton Engine 3.  The bay doors of the building were more than sufficient at the time they were installed and the station was built, however as manufacturers have grown to larger truck bodies and chassis the station is becoming obsolete.
    This is a view of the middle bay which is home to Castleton Brush1/Engine 5 and Castleton Engine 3. The bay doors of the building were more than sufficient at the time they were installed and the station was built, however as manufacturers have grown to larger truck bodies and chassis the station is becoming obsolete.
  • Pictured here is the newest addition to Castleton Fire, Castleton Engine 3.  It has already become a great asset to the fire department, however barely clears the bay doors of the building.  This makes it difficult to maneuver when responding to a call.
    Pictured here is the newest addition to Castleton Fire, Castleton Engine 3. It has already become a great asset to the fire department, however barely clears the bay doors of the building. This makes it difficult to maneuver when responding to a call.
  • Pictured in the rear of the bay is Castleton Tanker 1.  This truck does fit rather tight as well.  If snow accumulates 3" or more in front of the bay door the truck could very well detach the rear warning lights when exiting the building on the top of the bay door's casing.
    Pictured in the rear of the bay is Castleton Tanker 1. This truck does fit rather tight as well. If snow accumulates 3" or more in front of the bay door the truck could very well detach the rear warning lights when exiting the building on the top of the bay door's casing.
  • Tight quarters in the downstairs is leaving little to no room for firefighters to dress in their protective gear before leaving to go to a fire.
    Tight quarters in the downstairs is leaving little to no room for firefighters to dress in their protective gear before leaving to go to a fire.
  • This photo displays the tight space of the tanker truck and stairwell wall.
    This photo displays the tight space of the tanker truck and stairwell wall.
  • The space behind the home of Castleton Engine 3 has out grown it's space.  While the truck can be housed, it leaves the back work bench area inaccessible, and barely passable to enter the downstairs bathroom.
    The space behind the home of Castleton Engine 3 has out grown it's space. While the truck can be housed, it leaves the back work bench area inaccessible, and barely passable to enter the downstairs bathroom.
  • This is the space behind the Tanker Truck at 39 Elm.  Access to the rear storage closet is inaccessible while trucks are in service at the building.
    This is the space behind the Tanker Truck at 39 Elm. Access to the rear storage closet is inaccessible while trucks are in service at the building.
  • This is the space between the two trucks in the north truck bay at the CW Mulholland Station at 39 Elm Street.
    This is the space between the two trucks in the north truck bay at the CW Mulholland Station at 39 Elm Street.
  • This photo shows the tight spacing between the nose of the truck to the overhead door.
    This photo shows the tight spacing between the nose of the truck to the overhead door.
  • This photo is the space between the nose of the quick attack truck, and the overhead door of the north truck bay.
    This photo is the space between the nose of the quick attack truck, and the overhead door of the north truck bay.
  • This is the floor that houses Engine 2.  The same concrete problem in this bay exist as well.
    This is the floor that houses Engine 2. The same concrete problem in this bay exist as well.
  • This is the bay area for Castleton Engine 6 and Tanker 1.  The deterioration of the concrete is visible here as well.
    This is the bay area for Castleton Engine 6 and Tanker 1. The deterioration of the concrete is visible here as well.
  • This is another view of the bays.  In the middle the floor drain has become weak and is very rusted.
    This is another view of the bays. In the middle the floor drain has become weak and is very rusted.
  • This a view of the floor that houses Castleton Engine 3.  This floor makes moving the truck very difficult for drivers because it creates an unbalanced, non level surface for removing the truck from the station.
    This a view of the floor that houses Castleton Engine 3. This floor makes moving the truck very difficult for drivers because it creates an unbalanced, non level surface for removing the truck from the station.
  • This is another incident in the same location.
    This is another incident in the same location.
  • Here is an access door to the storage area up stairs at the building.  Water stains are visible on the door.
    Here is an access door to the storage area up stairs at the building. Water stains are visible on the door.
  • This part of the storage area is viewing from west to east.
    This part of the storage area is viewing from west to east.
  • In this same picture shot at a different angle notice the moisture build up in the top corner of the area.
    In this same picture shot at a different angle notice the moisture build up in the top corner of the area.
  • This is one photo of the water damage caused by ice build up over the area housing the Tanker.
    This is one photo of the water damage caused by ice build up over the area housing the Tanker.
  • This is another picture from inside the storage area.  This is a view from east to west.
    This is another picture from inside the storage area. This is a view from east to west.
  • This picture was taken from the stair well of the station.  This picture shows more water damage to the roof on the north side of the building.
    This picture was taken from the stair well of the station. This picture shows more water damage to the roof on the north side of the building.
  • This is another area damage by water on the north side.  This picture was taken from the top of the stairs from the second floor.
    This is another area damage by water on the north side. This picture was taken from the top of the stairs from the second floor.
  • This is a full view.
    This is a full view.
  • This is a picture of the meeting room.  Directly in the middle of the room there is visible damage to the ceiling from water caused by roofing issues.
    This is a picture of the meeting room. Directly in the middle of the room there is visible damage to the ceiling from water caused by roofing issues.
  • This picture is taken from inside the chief officer's meeting room.  Here you can find the remains of water damage.
    This picture is taken from inside the chief officer's meeting room. Here you can find the remains of water damage.
  • This is another area that has been damaged
    This is another area that has been damaged
This is a view of the middle bay which is home to Castleton Brush1/Engine 5 and Castleton Engine 3.  The bay doors of the building were more than sufficient at the time they were installed and the station was built, however as manufacturers have grown to larger truck bodies and chassis the station is becoming obsolete.
This is a view of the middle bay which is home to Castleton Brush1/Engine 5 and Castleton Engine 3. The bay doors of the building were more than sufficient at the time they were installed and the station was built, however as manufacturers have grown to larger truck bodies and chassis the station is becoming obsolete.
  • The Edward L. Ellis Memorial Station has served the town for roughly 70 years.  The building has been used as home for the Castleton Highway Department originally, and has become home for support trucks for the Castleton Fire Department.  This building is home for Castleton Ladder 1, Support 1, and Castleton First Response Emergency Trailer and Rescue Boggin.
    The Edward L. Ellis Memorial Station has served the town for roughly 70 years. The building has been used as home for the Castleton Highway Department originally, and has become home for support trucks for the Castleton Fire Department. This building is home for Castleton Ladder 1, Support 1, and Castleton First Response Emergency Trailer and Rescue Boggin.
  • This is a view of the building from the north side.
    This is a view of the building from the north side.
  • Here is a view of the back addition.
    Here is a view of the back addition.
  • This picture is from the back South East corner of the building.
    This picture is from the back South East corner of the building.
  • Here is a view from the full length of the north side, and a visible hole in the front face of the building.
    Here is a view from the full length of the north side, and a visible hole in the front face of the building.
  • Her is a close up of the hole.
    Her is a close up of the hole.
  • Pictured here is Castleton Ladder 1.  Although Ladder 1 is an exceptional truck, it is considered antique.  Future replacement is currently not an option as there are room restrictions on the purchase of any newer equipment.
    Pictured here is Castleton Ladder 1. Although Ladder 1 is an exceptional truck, it is considered antique. Future replacement is currently not an option as there are room restrictions on the purchase of any newer equipment.
  • The ladder bay.  The floor of this building is in adequate shape, however electrical issues have been found.
    The ladder bay. The floor of this building is in adequate shape, however electrical issues have been found.
  • This is a view of the rear of the ladder bay.
    This is a view of the rear of the ladder bay.
  • Behind the bay that houses Ladder 1 is an extension.  Here is visible air pockets from the roof to back wall.
    Behind the bay that houses Ladder 1 is an extension. Here is visible air pockets from the roof to back wall.
  • Another view of the tight fitting support unit.
    Another view of the tight fitting support unit.
  • In 2008 Castleton Fire put a new support unit into service.  This unit will serve the town for years to come, and is an asset not only to Castleton Fire but all departments belonging to Rutland County Mutual Aid.  In this photo however you can see the tight space constrictions this apparatus is facing.
    In 2008 Castleton Fire put a new support unit into service. This unit will serve the town for years to come, and is an asset not only to Castleton Fire but all departments belonging to Rutland County Mutual Aid. In this photo however you can see the tight space constrictions this apparatus is facing.
  • In order for the truck to fit in the building it has to be back in a certain way, and turned at an angle once inside.
    In order for the truck to fit in the building it has to be back in a certain way, and turned at an angle once inside.
  • This is a dangerous situation.  The floor in the second story of the building is unsafe.  Here is were a firefighter punctured the ceiling one evening at a work session.
    This is a dangerous situation. The floor in the second story of the building is unsafe. Here is were a firefighter punctured the ceiling one evening at a work session.
  • Here is a close up of the hole created in the ceiling of the station.
    Here is a close up of the hole created in the ceiling of the station.
  • This is a picture of the stairs leading to the second level.  In the top corner area of the picture you can find serious moisture problems.
    This is a picture of the stairs leading to the second level. In the top corner area of the picture you can find serious moisture problems.
  • Her is a close up of that area.
    Her is a close up of that area.
  • This is inside the south bay that houses the equipment kept for Castleton First Response.
    This is inside the south bay that houses the equipment kept for Castleton First Response.
  • Here is a section of the ceiling that is beginning to see moisture problems in the first response bay at the building.
    Here is a section of the ceiling that is beginning to see moisture problems in the first response bay at the building.
  • Here is moisture damage visible from inside the south bay of the building.
    Here is moisture damage visible from inside the south bay of the building.
The Edward L. Ellis Memorial Station has served the town for roughly 70 years.  The building has been used as home for the Castleton Highway Department originally, and has become home for support trucks for the Castleton Fire Department.  This building is home for Castleton Ladder 1, Support 1, and Castleton First Response Emergency Trailer and Rescue Boggin.
The Edward L. Ellis Memorial Station has served the town for roughly 70 years. The building has been used as home for the Castleton Highway Department originally, and has become home for support trucks for the Castleton Fire Department. This building is home for Castleton Ladder 1, Support 1, and Castleton First Response Emergency Trailer and Rescue Boggin.