It has been a long time coming but the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company is finally expanding their fire station. The station has 4 pieces of apparatus that are currently housed in double bays. The apparatus are parked 2 deep, therefore, when a call for service comes in, the vehicles often have to be jockeyed around to get a particular vehicle on the road. This slows response time, causes undue wear and tear on the vehicles and increases the chances of a fire fighter responding to a call, being struck by the vehicle that has to be moved out of the way.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held on June 5th with Fire Chief Jim Steward kicking off the ceremony with some opening remarks. State Senator Pat Browne, R-16th, and State Representative Gary Day, R-187th who were both instrumental in helping to secure some of the funds needed for this expansion, also spoke during the event. Pastor Kris Snyder-Samuelson of the Neffs UCC church presented a generous donation toward the building fund and led those in attendance in prayer to cap off the ceremony. Moments later Chief Steward, Senator Browne, Representative Day and fire department president, Ryan Schwartz performed the ceremonial "breaking of the ground".
The actual work commenced on June 9th and is expected to be completed by the end of year. In addition to the 2 new bays, the existing building will receive a new roof, new siding, and thanks to a generous donation from the Trexlertown Fire Department, a "new to us", electronic sign board that will be installed in the grassy area near the current flag pole.