For Immediate Release
April 1, 2021
Mayor Madden Issues Update on Planned Replacement of Fire Station 1
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden and Fire Chief Eric McMahon today announced the City will conduct an architectural assessment and feasibility study for the replacement of Fire Station #1, located at 115th Street and 5th Avenue in Troy’s Lansingburgh neighborhood. Replacement of the station was previously identified as a priority project by the Madden administration but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mayor Madden said, “Replacement of Fire Station 1 in North Troy is the latest in a years-long effort to meet the needs our firefighters, the department, and the community they serve. I’m committed to ensuring the Troy Fire Department has the resources, equipment, training, and support it needs to strengthen firefighter safety, preserve response times, and protect public safety during emergencies.”
Chief McMahon said, “Replacement of a fire station requires significant planning and consideration for the current and future needs of the fire service and the residents of Troy. I’m hopeful this process will provide the necessary information to help strengthen the department’s firefighting capacity and modernize this facility for the benefit of current and future generations of Troy firefighters.”
The study will determine the physical and operational needs for a new station, including:
- Current and future operational requirements
- Firefighter health & safety
- Code and industry standards for fire houses
The assessment will also evaluate two proposed building sites for a new station, including the current location on 5th Avenue, and an additional proposed location at 2nd Avenue and 117th Street. The assessment will also include building floor plans and site plans for both locations to demonstrate each site would address the needs of a modern fire station.
Station 1 was built in the 1970’s, and has experienced physical deterioration during the last five decades of operation. Replacement of Station 1 is part of a multi-year investment by the administration in the Troy Fire Department. Since 2017, the department has added two new fire engines (Engine 4 at the North Central station, and Engine 1 at the Lansingburgh station) and two new ambulances. An additional fire engine is slated for delivery later this spring for assignment to Station 6 on Canal Avenue.
A number of energy-efficiency upgrades were completed in 2020 including LED lighting, new roofing, insulation, windows and HVAC replacements for Troy’s fire stations as part of the City’s energy improvement agreement with Siemens. An additional set of new turnout gear was also purchased for every Troy firefighter in 2019.
About the Troy Fire Department:
The Troy Fire Department has an authorized 120 uniformed personnel and operates 5 engine companies, a rescue engine company, 2 truck companies, three ambulances, a hazardous material response unit, and 2 rescue boats. Approximately 12,000 calls are answered each year, about 240 for fire, nearly 90 of which occur in structures. The Troy Fire Department serves as the hazardous material response unit for Rensselaer County.
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John Salka, Communications Director
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