Barrett Township has been awarded an LSA Grant for $148,270 for the Firehouse Renovations Project. The renovations include: Roof, Painting, Meeting Rooms Flooring, Engine Room Flooring, Folding Door (Meeting room), Furnace, AC, Overhead Doors, Sound Blocks and Doors. Work is anticipated to start Summer 2018
The Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company is vital. "Their firehouse here is the hub of all the activity," says Pam Gardsy, Barrett Township's Executive Secretary Treasurer.
But the building is falling apart.
Gardsy adds, "it's very dated."
Thanks to a $148,000 dollar grant, the firehouse's floors, roof, and heating system will be repaired.
Without this money, volunteer firefighters would have to do the work themselves.
"With this grant, we don't have to worry about that and it's going to be a big weight lifted off our shoulders," says Fire Chief Grover Cleveland, Barrett Township.
Multiple agencies used the firehouse during the massive 48-day manhunt for Eric Frein. It was also a centralized meeting spot for crews battling the 16 Mile and Bear Town forest fires nearly two years ago.
"Thousands of people were coming and going, so it absolutely took a toll," Gardsy says.