Fire station expansion planned

Lisa Depies
An architect's drawing of the proposed 14,000 square foot addition to the Geneseo fire station. The existing truck bays pictured on the far right will remain.

A 14,000-square foot addition will be added to the Geneseo fire station. The Geneseo Fire Protection District trustees approved the project, which will go out for bid in August.

“Hopefully we’ll get construction started in September and be completed by May,” said board president? Tom Curnyn.

In the current building, ambulances occupy the two western most bays, and exit onto North Street. In the proposed project, two new ambulance bays will be constructed on the southeastern side of the building with ambulances exiting onto Oakwood Avenue.

The existing ambulance bays will be used for fire department equipment and storage.

Additionally, the project will feature a larger meeting room and storage for the firefighters’ coats and boots.

“We want the gear away from the back of the trucks. Our trucks are getting longer, and we want to give them more space to get their gear on,” said Curnyn.

The new addition also will feature several rooms that could be used for 24/7 living quarters, should the department ever go to full-time staffing.

“Down the road, the ambulance crew will probably someday have paramedics?(as opposed to EMTs), and we’d need to have housing for them 24/7,” said Curnyn.

The project is expected to cost between $2 and $3 million, he said.

The Geneseo Fire Protection District owns the property behind the station, which will provide room for the expansion.

In addition to Curnyn, the Geneseo Fire Protection District’s board of trustees includes John Nilsson and Jerry Dragolovich.

The east side of the proposed fire station renovation project will include two ambulance bays that exit onto 
Oakwood Avenue.