LYNNFIELD – On Sunday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Lynnfield Police and Fire Departments welcome community members to tour our facilities at 59 Summer St. The event will feature activities for all ages, including an opportunity to meet Police Officers and Firefighters and explore fire apparatus and police cruisers.
Residents will also have an opportunity to take a guided tour of the stations and learn more about the existing facilities as well as proposed renovations.
Last summer, the town completed a feasibility study that reviewed existing conditions, defined needs and charted a path forward for renovating or replacing both police and fire headquarters, as well as the south fire station, and making accessibility improvements at Town Hall. Throughout late 2021, the Public Safety Building Committee reviewed the study in great detail, looked at phasing options, constructability and budget and created a plan to bring these projects forward.
This spring, the town launched Lynnfieldbuildingprojects.com as resource for community members to learn more about the projects, including the shortcomings of existing facilities and the proposed upgrades and service enhancements residents should expect from new facilities.
Lynnfield’s fire stations and Police station currently lack adequate restrooms, locker rooms and personal spaces for female employees, along with overall insufficient space for modern public safety departments. In addition, both fire stations — which were built before the Fire Department assumed responsibility for emergency medical services (EMS) — lack adequate space for storing and decontaminating EMS supplies and equipment.
It has been identified there are significant Officer Safety risks, including decontaminating fire safety gear, and processing poisoners in custody. Contaminated turnout gear, which Firefighters wear while responding to fires, has been linked to increased cancer risk, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
For more information about the Lynnfield Public Safety Building Projects, residents are encouraged to visit the site https://lynnfieldbuildingprojects.com/
“Although there are challenges,” Fire Chief Glenn Davis said, “On this day we look forward to meeting the community that we serve!”