The Amity Volunteer Fire Department moved into a new fire station last month after nearly four years of working out of a mold-infested building.
The new 14,000-square-foot station includes a wider bay area, up-to-date kitchen facilities and a larger meeting room where the department can have training sessions.
The department hasn’t had a station since the old one was torn down in December.
Planning for the new facility began four years ago after the 2008 flood left mold inside the original building that prevented the firefighters from staying in the station all day like they were used to, Fire Chief Jackie Brockman said.
Costs to fix the original station were high, and the fire department decided its money would be better spent knocking down the original building and constructing a more modern one in its place, Brockman said.
The department would have paid around $200,000 less to fix the original station and add on extra bays than to build a new station, Brockman said.