NEWFOUNDLAND - To commemorate an addition to their fire department, members of the Greene Dreher Volunteer Fire Department held a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, July 1. The addition consists of two engine bases for trucks, an administrative office, a chief’s office, workout room, a new radio room and a training room. For years, Chief Pete Mulcahy said the department has wanted an addition, but no one wanted to “take the gamble” on trying to get a grant. But, once the volunteers started the process for attaining a grant in 2013, the grant was received in 2016 following a second round of filing and cutting the requested amount in half. Eventually, Dakan Enterprises of Lake Ariel got to work.
All total, there are 45 active volunteers in Station 23. Today, Mulcahy said it is almost a requirement that new departments have workout rooms. Before the addition, the administrative office was in an old bathroom and the chief’s office was in an old closet.
Pastor Wallace who is the department’s chaplain, said an “addition to the community” has come with the addition to Station 23.
The ribbon cutting was held following the annual parade hosted by the Greene Dreher Volunteer Fire Association in downtown Newfoundland.