Manheim Township Fire Rescue have officially unveiled their fourth fire station in Manheim Township. The new station (station #202) is located at 600 Richmond Drive in Richmond Square, servicing the northwest/western parts of Manheim Township.
Station #202 will serve as the main headquarters for around the clock emergency response from one single engine and shifts of three firefighter units.
This location was picked from the northwest area of Manheim Township due to its central location to the area it wants to serve. The primary response area is north of Granite Run Drive to the Township border, north of Erb’s Quarry Road, and between the western Township boundary east to roughly Blossom Hill and Weaver Road.
Though it’s the smallest station in Manheim Township, the new location will instantly pay major dividends for the community in this region. Response times are expected to be reduced by 50% when responding from the Richmond Square station, as opposed to the East Oregon Road station and Fruitville Pike station.
“The opening of the Richmond Square Fire Rescue station will provide a significant increase in our ability to provide more timely service to this area of Manheim Township,” said Manheim Township Manager, Rick Kane. “With lower response times we expect a better outcome for residents when they are having a fire or medical emergency.”
The site selected was a commercial property that had been vacant for almost 3 years, which allowed for MT Fire Rescue to re-purpose a building rather than build a new one, or use open land to build new. The building itself was the appropriate size, and its location allowed for the single apparatus bay to be added to the existing footprint without major construction work.
An official open house to welcome the community is tentatively planned for spring, dependent on weather and any COVID restrictions at that time.
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