Wantagh Fire Department seeks approval for new firehouse
The Wantagh Fire Department is awaiting approval for a new $2.3-million firehouse in Seaford, part of an overhaul of all five of its stations, officials said Wednesday.
The proposal would demolish the existing 58-year-old firehouse at Neptune Avenue and Bayview Street and erect a 4,600-square-foot facility with about 45 percent more space, said William Breslin, the district supervisor.
Breslin and Mineola attorney Thomas Pantelis Wednesday presented the plan to the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals, asking for approval to build a facility that doesn't meet federal flooding guidelines.
Officials said the flood guidelines would make it impossible to move equipment into and out of the firehouse. The current building does not follow flood guidelines, officials said.
"That firehouse is part of the community in many ways, and making it a little larger is not going to negatively affect the community," Pantelis said.
The zoning appeals board made no decision Wednesday.
The larger firehouse would be able to house an ambulance and a fire engine, Breslin said. The ambulance is being stored in a facility across Neptune Avenue, Breslin said.
"This will improve response times," he said. "Right now, they have to run across the street to get the ambulance."
The Neptune Avenue firehouse is expected to take 10 to 12 months to complete after it's approved, Breslin said. About 33 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians use the firehouse as their base.
Breslin said four Wantagh Fire Department buildings have been rebuilt over the past several years, part of the district's plan to upgrade old infrastructure.The district covers all of Wantagh and Jones Beach and parts of Seaford, East Meadow, Bellmore and Massapequa.