The Ocean City Fire Department’s Station 4 has a new place to call home, as demolition began this week to the existing building, located at 129th Street and Coastal Highway. The reconstruction, which will take place over the course of the next 12 months as part of the Town of Ocean City’s capital improvement plan, has been a priority for the Fire Department for years, due to the concentration of high-rise structures and year-round residents in the north end of the town.
“We have been working closely with the Engineering Department and the Recreation and Parks Department and are excited about our temporary home at Northside Park,” said Deputy Chief Chris Shaffer. “We want to assure our residents and visitors that we have strategically planned so that our staff and equipment will always be available to them during this transitional period. At no time will any part of town lack fire or EMS coverage.”
The temporary Station 4 building, which is located at 12801 Jamaica Avenue, is adjacent to the Ocean City Recreation and Parks offices. Completion of the new building is slated for the spring of 2014 and will boast 11,500-squre-feet, increasing the capacity of the engine bay by more than one third. In addition the new building will provide areas for both duty crews and the departments successful live in program.