Sunday, May 4, 2008

Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company, New Station 100

My wife and I had an occasion to stop by the new Pocomoke VFD fire station yesterday and by chance met Mr. Mike Dean as he was raising the flags for the day. We introduced ourselves and before we could ask if it were possible to get a tour Mr. Dean offered to do so. He seemed a little enthusiastic about it and after just a few minutes inside it was easy to see why. Their new building is quite beautiful on the outside and very spacious on the inside. Five bay doors line the front of the brick facade structure and and the brickwork is very nice indeed. I didn't peek at the 14th street side of the building from the outside but on the inside there are two more bay doors facing that street. The lobby currently has on display their hand drawn hose cart and Mr. Dean advised the Clap & Jones horse drawn steamer is also slated to be moved here. Behind the engine bay Mr. Dean showed us the meeting room, lounge area, kitchen, 2 offices and bunk room. Upstairs from the engine bay is a large storage area.

New gear racks with plenty of room are located in the engine bay and an air filtration system is in place for removal of fumes when the engines are started.

Finally Mr. Dean showed us what is know as Phase II. The adjacent commercial building that used to be Drug Fair will converted to a community hall that should seat in the neighborhood of 400 people. A commercial kitchen is planned and possibly movable partitions in order to use smaller spaces when necessary. Mr Dean clearly showed his pride in the new facility and I would imagine that pride is common among the 60 active members, 16 Gold Badge members, 22 life members, and 2 cadets on the current role call of the department.

Indeed it is a fine building for the community it serves and I encourage anyone who happens by to stop in and take a look if possible. Thank you Mr. Dean for the time you took for us to tour your station. It was quite enjoyable and informative.

Congratulations also to the entire Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company for this fine facility.

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