MERRIMAC — Fire Chief Larry S. Fisher and the Merrimac Fire Department are excited to invite the community to an open house at the Merrimac Fire Station.
Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 from noon to 4 p.m.
Merrimac Fire Station, 16 East Main St.
The Open House will provide both entertainment and a chance for residents to see first-hand over $500,000 in improvements that Merrimac firefighters have worked to complete using outside funding sources and their own labor.
“There have been many changes and challenges over the last 18 months at our Department. The members have taken advantage of some opportunities and their willingness to work together to improve their work environment and to be better prepared for future challenges,” Chief Fisher said. “Whether you’ve been in the station in the past or not, you will see a huge difference in the building and members.”
Visitors will also be able to watch firefighters cut up a vehicle with new extrication tools, go through the S.A.F.E. House, use a fire hose, touch a fire truck, tour the station, or play a scavenger hunt game.
The event will also include a car seat check for parents who want to be sure their children’s car seats are properly installed.
Among the improvements to the station that firefighters worked on together are a new bathroom with a shower, locker area and changing rooms; bunk rooms, storage space, a new HVAC system, and a laundry room. Firefighters also painted much of the building, bought a power lift stretcher and did minor landscaping around the station.
“Completing this work allowed us to use our budgeted dollars to purchase much-needed equipment like bunker gear, helmets, gloves, gear lockers, a second set of battery operated hydraulic tools, hoses, cordless saws and other tools,” Chief Fisher said. “The men and women of the Merrimac Fire Department work hard for the Town, and we’re happy to share the results of our labor.”
Another valued community partner, the Merrimac Santa Parade Committee, will also be on hand selling food to raise money for the town’s annual Santa Parade.
Many of the event’s activities will be outside, weather permitting. All the fire station’s doors will be open to help keep air circulating. All standard guidelines regarding masks and facial coverings in effect at the time should be followed by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
“Visiting the open house will give you a chance to look around, gather information, check out our equipment and meet our members,” Chief Fisher said. “We hope the community will join us.”