Local Firehouse Gets Million Dollar Facelift

The Boalsburg Volunteer Fire Company in Centre County broke ground Sunday on a $1.7 million expansion.
BOALSBURG, CENTRE COUNTY - The Boalsburg Volunteer Fire Company in Centre County broke ground Sunday on a $1.7 million expansion, all happening with the help of the community.

It's the moment Van Winter has been waiting for."

"It's a sense of great pride," he said.

That moment, dreams become reality.

"You look where we were 30 years ago, to look where we are right now, it's progress," Winter said.

Progress that's taken years to come by.

"We are providing a better, safer service for our firefighters and providing faster, more effective service for members in the community," he said.

By April 2014, this lot in downtown Boalsburg will look a lot different.

"We'll have a new truck bay, there will also be a large kitchen, lounge area for the firemen," project manager, Glenn Dry, said. "We'll have two large bunk rooms and two individual rooms."

Dry says that's all thanks to the community.

"The project is funded by the fire protection tax in Harris Township. The residents have been very supportive of the organization," he said.

Residents like Alan Stewart.

"This is a great local fire company," Stewart said. "It's well supported by the community."

Stewart lives just two blocks from the firehouse and says an expansion is just what they need.

"My understanding is that it should cut their response time by seven or eight minutes," he said. "If you have a house fire, that's a big deal."

For any firefighter, work is about keeping people safe, but here at the Boalsburg Fire Company, it's about more than that.

"It has to be about community," Winter said. "We are all members of the community, that's what it has to be."

The project is expected to be complete before the company's annual Carnival Day.
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