by Andrew Martin
CAMBRIDGE – The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department now officially has a new home. On Saturday, December 15, an open house was held throughout the day at the new station and was highlighted by a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Voters approved the new station last year and construction took place throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Hundreds of community members joined the fire department and auxiliaries at the open house event.
“The final work was completed about three weeks ago and the firefighters moved back in just before then,” explained selectboard member and project liaison David Vaughan, “It is well-deserved by the department and a long time coming.”
The open house began at 9 a.m. with tours of the new building. Then, at 10 a.m., the dedication ceremony took place. Several officers in the Cambridge Fire Department as well as town officials spoke at the event before it was announced that the new building would be dedicated to one of the department’s own. It was then announced that the new station would be dedicated to former chief and 48 year member Howard Cary.
“Congratulations to Howard Cary; he is well deserving,” commented Vaughan.
An open house and dedication was held at the new Cambridge Fire Station on Saturday, December 15. The ceremony began at 10 a.m., when the building was dedicated to 48-year Cambridge Fire Department member Howard Cary. Top: Cary receives the plaque signifying the dedication of the building to him. He stands with selectboard members David Vaughan and Larry Wyckoff as well as his son Alan Cary.
Below: The front of the new fire station.
Following the dedication ceremony more tours of the building were given throughout the rest of the morning and early afternoon. Santa also made an appearance at the station at 1 p.m.
The project to build a new fire station was approved by the Cambridge voters last October. Voters approved the construction of the new station for a cost of $1,975,000, and according to Vaughan the actual building of the new station came in right on budget and on schedule. The only small hiccup occurred when some contaminated soils were found in the lot where the new building was rising and had to be removed. However, voters approved additional funds to cover those expenses and only a portion of those funds were used. Town officials have also been working with various federal government agencies to procure some funding to cover a portion of those extra expenses.
The general contractor for the project to build the new station was Ruggo Inc. Construction Services. The old fire station was demolished on September 12 of this year once the new station was nearly finished. The site of the old station is now the parking lot for the finished project.
“We would like to thank the taxpayers for all their support with the project. It is very much appreciated,” stated Vaughan, “We are also very appreciative of the work of Tom Barden who was the selectboard’s manager and coordinator for the project. He guided us while keeping us on budget and on time.”