Scituate’s police chief and fire chief appeared before the town’s board of selectmen Tuesday night, to present a proposal for a new public safety facility.
The 2 story, 27 thousand square foot facility would replace both the antiquated police headquarters and fire station #3 and be located on the Ellis Estate, on the corner of Route 3A and Mann Lot Road.
Scituate Police Chief Michael Stewart said one of the most important improvements to police headquarters is the addition of a desperately needed emergency operations center/training room.
“We need an area where the local government – members of the board of selectmen, the town administrator and every department in town – has representation in this emergency operations room, along with the power company, gas company, MEMA, FEMA – whoever we need. This is where decisions are being made, as these emergencies are playing out, that are going to dictate how we operate during the event, and more so how we operate after the event, and for a period of time until we get up and running.”
Scituate Fire Chief Rick Judge said the new facility would decrease emergency response times to the West End and Minot area, where shaving off just seconds, could save lives.
“In that part of town, we’re putting (the fire department headquarters) a mile further to the north and that will allow us to decrease our response times by 1.5 to 2 minutes to the West End of town and to the Minot section. Seconds count in an emergency. So we could shave very close to 2 minutes off response time to Minot.”
The new public safety facility could be several years away from fruition, as part the town’s master plan to overhaul municipal buildings.