On Monday evening (June 8th), Augusta Fire-Rescue held an open house for the newly renovated Hartford Fire Station.

It is VERY impressive!

According to the KJ, the over $6 million project not only renovated the nearly 100 year old building, it also dramatically increased its size.  Now, about double its previous size, the fire station has a bay with doors on two sides of the building.  This means larger vehicles, like ladder truck Tower 1, no longer need to back in to the building.  They can drive around the building and enter through the other set of doors.

Additionally, the building is loaded with many amenities to make the firefighters and EMTs more comfortable during their 24+ hour shifts.  There's a gym, a large (well-equipped) kitchen, and individual dorm rooms (instead of rooms loaded with bunks).  There's also administrative offices and a classroom for training.

The building, originally opened in 1920, was named after A&P head George Huntington Hartford.  At nearly a century old, it only makes sense that it would be loaded with historical artifacts.  The walls are line with old photos, there's an early 20th century fire truck, and a 160 year old fire department flag.

Big thanks to Anthony Barton for showing us around.

The pictures DO NOT do it justice.  You need to see it for yourself.  If you didn't make it on Monday, they'll be holding open houses from 4 to 7 PM on the next three Wednesdays (July 10th, 17th, and 24th)