The Setauket Fire Department has a newly renovated headquarters to call its own.
And, on Monday, the local community came together to celebrate the new space, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Old Town Road, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We want to share the pride with you,” the chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, Jay Gardiner, told a crowd filled with residents, elected officials, and firefighters that evening.
The new firehouse, which took over a parking lot, is 23,000 square feet and features solar heated water, LED lighting, energy recovery ventilation heating/cooling system, a large meeting room, training room and bunk rooms for overnight crews, say officials.
Commissioner Gardiner called the updated building “a visual reminder of our work,” noting the fire department will now be able to better serve its estimated 95,000 people during the day and 26,000 residents at night with its new facility.
The Setauket Fire Department, which has other stations on Arrowhead Lane and Hulse Road, serves approximately 28 square miles in the hamlets of Stony Brook, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Lake Grove and Centereach, as well as providing services to the Village of Old Field, Stony Brook University Hospital, and 90 percent of Stony Brook University’s main campus.
Top: William Engels, a 50-year veteran of the Setauket Fire Department, cuts the ribbon to officially open the newly transformed department headquarters. (Credit: Setauket Fire Department)