Bethel firefighters could move into new home next week

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJuly 9, 2014 

Bethel Volunteer Fire Department was part of the July 4 parade at River Hills.

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  • Smoke detectors

    Chief Michael Laws reminds residents in Forest Oaks, The Landing, Autumn Cove and neighborhoods of a similar age to check and see if it’s time to replace their smoke detectors.

    “The smoke detectors in those homes are at the end of their usable life,” he said.

    Smoke detectors reach their life expectancy at about 10 years. Laws asks anyone needing more information to call the department at 803-831-7988.

— Trucks could be rolling into their new home this week.

The new Bethel Volunteer Fire Department station on Oakridge Road is almost complete. It will replace the station beside it, offering more and bigger bays along with meeting space and other upgrades.

“What they’ve got down for substantial completion is next week,” Chief Michael Laws said last week. “That means we’d be able to start going in there. It wouldn’t be completely finished. There would still be a punch list.”

The completion date was May 26, but York County Council authorized Cope Construction a 50-day extension after its May 19 executive session. Council also approved $20,000 in contingency money April 21 to bring in better soil after a wet and snowy winter left soft ground. The 50-day extension ends July 15.

The $2 million project has seen delays, but Laws is confident in the station he sees going up beside him. Moving the trucks will take minutes, but full move-in of equipment will take a while longer.

“I hope by next week,” he said July 8, “but I’m not holding my breath.”

Once the department is all the way in its new station, an open house will be planned.

“We want to let everybody in the community know we’re appreciative of their support,” Laws said.

The new 15,000-square-foot facility will have five bays. It replaces the oldest of three Bethel stations. The department has almost 70 members.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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