New Ipswich Fire Department seeks upgrades

  • On Tuesday, New Ipswich selectmen met with Fire Chief Meredith Lund to discuss renovations to the administration and training facilities. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

  • The two facilities adjacent to the New Ipswich Fire Department serve as administration and training rooms. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

  • A proposed $13,000 plan to renovate the fire station’s adminstration and training facilities would allow CPR and first aid training to return. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/24/2022 2:30:17 PM

The New Ipswich Fire Department is seeking a $13,000 upgrade to its training and administration facilities, which would allow it to bring back public CPR and first aid courses. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, selectmen met with Fire Chief Meredith Lund to discuss renovations to the two facilities, which are adjacent to the fire department. According to Lund, the department obtained two portable classrooms from the former New Ipswich Central School in the fall of 2009 to be used for training and administration facilities. Lund also said the training facility used to host CPR and first aid courses for the community, but has not been in operation for over a year due to interior damage, including a leaking roof, missing stairs, stained walls and damaged flooring. Despite the damages, Lund said both facilities still meet building code.

According to Lund, the $13,000 will cover the cost of repairs in both facilities, allowing the fire station to host public training courses once again. She said the fire station’s best option is to spend $13,000 to renovate the two facilities instead of paying more for a new location. 

“We’ve outgrown the fire station,” said Lund. “I’d love to expand but I don’t think we can.”

Lund also said the damaged facilities may require a proper assessment from a building manager prior to renovation.

“It wouldn’t hurt to make sure the buildings are truly structurally sound to the best of our ability before we put a lot of work into them,” she said.

Selectman Jason Somero said the proposed $13,000 renovation would most likely be used in next year’s town budget. 

“This could be added to the building maintenance and capitol reserve so it could be expended next year,” he said.

Following the meeting, Lund said the proposed $13,000 renovation will help beautify the fire station and bring back life-saving training courses to the community. 

“We are just trying to make it look professional and have pride in our facility,” said Lund.

The next step for Lund is to meet with Town Custodian Mark Hopkins to finalize a renovation plan before meeting with the Financial Advisory Committee. 


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