By Nancy Abra
On Thursday, June 21st the new Thorndale Fire Station officially opened with speeches, ribbon cutting and facility tours. Stewart Findlater, Municipality of Thames Centre CAO, welcomed guests and dignitaries. He said this facility is long overdue and will serve the community of Thorndale well now and for the future. He added that the OPP office also in this building is a plus with a higher visibility for law enforcement in the area.
Thames Centre Mayor, Jim Maudsley said in his greeting that this project established the Thorndale Fire Station Construction Advisory Committee with Thames Centre Ward 3 Councillor, Alison Warwick in October 2016 and approved funding. And added that “this project was on time and on budget.”
The new Thorndale Fire Station was built by Aveiro Constructors, a local builder from Dorchester. The building is 9000 square feet and 22 ft high, with three bays, a mezzanine, office plus the OPP community office.
Thames Centre Chief, Randy Kalan said in his greeting that “this new Thorndale Fire Station meets the needs now but also in the future of this growing community. It was a great construction team to work with.” He also said that “he was very grateful to Ken Armstrong for all of his volunteer time to help see the project through to its success.”
Thames Centre District Chief (Thorndale), Ken Armstrong said, “We were at 160 King Street for 31 years, since 1987. Then last week on June 14th, we brought the trucks to their new home here. Within a few days of being here we had a fire call, and everything went according to plan. I’m proud of my team and this facility. I also would like to welcome everyone in October during the ‘Fire Prevention’ week when we will have a public open house.”