Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said future needs could include a medic unit, which would require two more firefighters, a total of six people to man station 24/7.
The consultant will be asked to study whether it makes sense to remodel the existing structure, tear down and build new, or perhaps relocate the fire station.
Trustee Mark Welch told the Journal-News he doesn’t believe relocation would be a viable option.
“To go to a different spot close to where we are would be very expensive,” Welch said. “We’d have to purchase land and build a new building.”
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Mentioning recent discussions the trustees have had regarding the Miami 2 Miami trail connector project — one Becker and Welch agree would take a vote of the residents — Becker said this was a first step in what will be a major endeavor for the township.
“I think roads (biking and hiking paths) was a big vote, but if we decide to do a fire station, that would be an even bigger one,” Becker said. “It’s important to get the public’s buy-in, let you guys see what’s going on there, because it’s one of our essential services.”