THE TUFTONBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT'S well maintained 1938 Maxim on the right showed off its curves beside the modern vehicle in center stage in front of the new Tuftonboro Central Station, located on Route 109A, where an Open House was held last Saturday, Sept. 7. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
September 12, 2013TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro's firemen, dressed in bright red polo shirts and dark pants, were easy to spot inside and outside Tuftonboro's brand new Central Fire Station at Saturday's Open House. They showed visitors around the building, answered questions, flipped hotdogs and burgers at the grill out back, passed out fireman hats to youngsters – and were happy to do so.
A beaming Chris Brewster said he loves being a fireman and complimented the force for its skilled volunteers who look out for each other's safety in dangerous situations. "They're well trained," he said of his fellow volunteers, led by Chief Adam Thompson and Captain Caleb Pike.
Brewster, who volunteers his landscaping expertise to the Tuftonboro Library, in addition to serving as a fire fighter, says, "I love to give back to my town."
Lt. Ken Greenwood, president of the Tuftonboro Fire Association, helped youngsters in and out of the driver's seat of the department's gleaming red fire engines. Others, like Chris Morgan, identified the equipment on the vehicles to residents of another generation, perhaps more familiar with the curvaceous 1938 Maxim that the department keeps in good repair.
Selectmen Dan Duffy, Lloyd Wood, and Chairman Carolyn Sundquist were all smiles as they greeted visitors, proud to see the building in operation after years of looking at plans.
The figures aren't yet finalized, said Sundquist, but she estimated the $2.1 million project came in $30,000 to $35,000 under budget. Duffy, seated at a lunch table in the paved back lot, pointed out that that in addition, they were able to pave the back lot. He explained that the well did not have to be dug as deep as they thought it would, and they didn't encounter ledge.
"I'm impressed with the whole project," said Sundquist at the Monday night selectmen's meeting. Architect Gary Goudrou designed the building and Andre Klotz, of the Bauen Corporation, served as construction manager.
"The project was handled in such a professional manner," Sundquist continued, offering praise to Chief Adam Thompson, Code Officer Jack Parsons and Caleb Pike, who "all came through and could be trusted to do the right thing."
"Those firemen deserve every inch of space," she said with conviction.
Jim Allan headed up the fifth and final committee that presented the project to voters. Gordon Hunt served as Vice Chairman. Also serving on the successful committee were retired architect Dick Cary, Bob McWhirter, Tyler Phillips, Chief Adam Thompson and Selectmen's Representative Bill Stockman.
See the Our Town feature on the new building in Section C this week.