Town recognizes volunteer firefighters who donated skilled labor to improve fire station heating system
FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Town Council at a Nov. 8 meeting recognized 9 volunteer firefighters who donated their time and skills to improve the fire station, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in the process.
The firefighters performed upgrades to the station heating system replacing the original system with heat pumps and upgraded to a heat pump style hot water heater.
“We had several of the members who are tradesmen and licensed to do that kind of work so without charging us any labor they performed all of the work that was necessary to complete those projects,” Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee said.
The original heating system was built in 1997 and repair parts were not available due to the age of the system. It overheated at times because components failed, which resulted in a need for increased fuel to operate the system.
“It was quite antiquated,” Chief Endee said.
The new system has the added benefit of providing the station with air conditioning, something never included before.
The town also received grants from Efficiency Maine to purchase new heat pumps for the project.
The FKFD volunteers who were recognized are: Assistant Fire Chief Rudy Martin, Capt. Glen Raymond, Safety Officer Cecil Hafford and firefighters Jason Madore, Caleb Jandreau, Ethan Hafford, Thomas Morin, Matthew Gagnon and John Plourde.
“The town is very fortunate to have these volunteer firefighters to do all of this, especially during times when it’s very difficult to get volunteer firefighters,” Chief Endee said.