Searsmont’s new fire station, now under construction in the center of the village, is a 10,000-square-foot brilliant red steel building. It will also be a state-of-the-art “green” building. “We wanted the new facility to serve the needs of Searsmont’s growing population for the next 75 years,” says Fire Chief James Ames. “So it will have radiant heat to save on utility costs, and a system to recover waste water and waste solids when we wash the firetrucks and other equipment.” He hopes there will be an opportunity for solar power on the property, as well.

Funds are still being raised for construction and equipment for the $1.5 million facility. It will contain five truck bays and storage space as well as equipment to fight fires, make land and water rescues, make ambulance runs, and meet other emergency and public safety needs. It will have a training room and kitchen for first responders, and offices for the fire chief, emergency services director, and emergency management director.

“The funds we are now raising for the new fire station will be a real investment in the community’s future,” says First Selectman Bruce Brierley. “With a lot of help from a volunteer working group, we’re asking local people and businesses now to make the most generous gift they can.” He adds that “the fire station will serve Searsmont, and also our mutual aid communities of Belmont, Lincolnville, Montville, Liberty, Morrill, Appleton, and Belfast. Together, that’s more than 14,000 people in Waldo County.”

Donor naming opportunities include the fire station itself for a $100,000 donation, firetruck bays for $50,000 gifts, the training room for the first $25,000 donor, firetrucks for $10,000 donors, and a choice of the office of the Fire Chief or Emergency Services Director or Emergency Management Director for $5,000 gifts. All gifts will be recognized by an honor roll plaque in the fire station.

Tax-deductible donations for the new fire station can be sent to Town of Searsmont, PO Box 56, Searsmont, ME 04973. For more information, contact the Searsmont Town office at townofsearsmont@fairpoint.net or call 342-5411.