Workers with Fleeher Contracting continue toward completion of the new fire hall being built on Route 228 in Adams Township.
ADAMS TWP — The all-volunteer Adams Area Fire District needs the public's help in an attempt to secure a $2 million grant. Fire district officials have applied for a state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to help fund the construction of the new fire hall on Route 228. Part of the grant process includes letters of support from the residents served by the fire district. So Fire Chief Bill Hayes and supervisor Russ Ford have issued a call to action to citizens. Ford said the letters should state why the fire district is important to residents. Information on submitting a letter and letter examples are available at www.adamstwp.org. The new two-story fire hall, which is nearing completion, contains several truck bays, lodging and common areas for firefighters, an office and meeting rooms, and a training area where fire events can be simulated. The estimated total cost of the fire hall when construction began was $5.4 million. Ford said the true total cost will be known when the fire hall is complete. Both Ford and Hayes said the fire district has expanded along with the growth in the area it serves and has managed to remain all volunteer. They hope those in the homes, businesses, churches and schools that are protected by the fire district will send a letter to show support for the new, state-of-the-art fire hall, which will serve the community for years to come. Fire officials are planning a grand opening celebration to be held in the spring or early summer, when citizens can come tour the new fire hall and meet the firefighters. Letters of support for the grant can be e-mailed to Gary Peaco, the township code enforcement officer, at email@example.com. Letters also can be sent to 690 Valencia Road, Mars, PA 16046 to the attention of Gary Peaco. More information is available at the fire district website, www.adamsarea42.com.