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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Open house held for new station

  • PLEASANT MOUNT - On Sunday, an open house took place for the new station of Pleasant Mount Emergency Services.
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  • PLEASANT MOUNT - On Sunday, an open house took place for the new station of Pleasant Mount Emergency Services.
    The 108 x 60 square foot station will house all of the department's apparatus.
    Community members could check out the new station and enjoy refreshments. There was also an antique tractor show taking place.
    County officials were present at the open house as well. They included Representative Sandra Major, Commissioner Wendall Kay, Field Representative for Senator Lisa Baker Andrew Seder and Mount Pleasant Township supervisors.
    Members from area fire departments also stopped by. They included Thompson, Uniondale, Beach Lake, Forest City, Browndale, Honesdale, Maplewood and Emergency Management.
    History
    Pleasant Mount Emergency Services has five trucks including a brush truck, an ambulance and a gator.
    For a long time Pleasant Mount had two different fire departments. They were the Mount Pleasant Fire Company and the Belmont Fire Department.
    “We're in a small community up here,” Fire Chief Roger Dix said. “We began talking about merging the two fire departments into one. After quite a bit of time talking, the two merged in 2000 and became Pleasant Mount Emergency Services.”
    The Belmont Fire Hall was sold and the Mt. Pleasant Hall is being used as a dining hall. Community groups also use it for meetings.
    New station
    Treasurer Bob Muller said the land was bought in 2006 with the intention to have one building for equipment.
    The project started in April 2013 and was completed on Sept. 24, 2013.
    “It went up quick,” said Kathy Dix, treasurer of the relief association.
    The department received a loan from the Honesdale National Bank that was around $250,000 to build the station.
    “To date with everything the total is around $479,000,” said Muller.
    That includes the excavation, contracting and construction.
    The general contractor for the project was Very Construction from Nicholson.
    “We're proud of the station that was built and are hoping it lasts a long time,” said Dix. “It was built big enough for a little bit of expansion if we need to. We're quite happy with it.”
    More to come
    Pleasant Mount Emergency Services will be working on paving the driveway and parking lot.
    “We received a $60,000 local share grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for that project,” said Ambulance Captain Dave Magliacane.
    Showing support
    Pleasant Mount Emergency Services wishes to thank the community for all of their support.
    They are always looking for volunteers.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The Mount Pleasant supervisors were a big help in getting the new building up,” stated Dix.
    “This township is fortunate that all three of us [supervisors] have been with the fire department,” said Chairman Albert Wildenstein. “This is our responsibility to do what we can for them. We try our best to give what we can so the fire department can do what they do.”
    He added one of the biggest problems the department faces is getting new members.
    “We have to do what we can to help the fire department,” Wildenstein stated. “It's in our best interest so they can help the community.”
    The new fire station is located at 123 Great Bend Turnpike, just past the Pleasant Mount Fish Hatchery if coming from Honesdale.

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