2014-10-01 / Local News

Peeler Dairy site being cleared for fire substation

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer


Demolition has begun at the former Peeler Dairy site, where the City of Gaffney’s newest fire substation will be located. Demolition has begun at the former Peeler Dairy site, where the City of Gaffney’s newest fire substation will be located. Demolition has begun on the former Peeler Dairy site, making way for a city fire substation that could include space to staff the facility with emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Earlier this year, Gaffney City Council approved a 25- year agreement at a cost of $5 a year with Peeler LTD Partnership to lease a portion of the former Peeler Dairy facility on Thompson Street. There’s an option to renew the lease for another 10 years.

The city paid Peeler LTD Partnership $51,000 to complete the demolition work, according to Gaffney Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano.

All but 11,500 square feet of the site will be demolished with the truck bays serving as the parking area for the fire trucks, Caggiano said.

“Everything else will be demolished,” the fire chief said.

Crews will then install the garage doors, complete the electrical work and put a new coat of paint on the building.

A new floor will be laid in the office area and a shower and bathroom will be installed.

The city has appropriated $200,000 in the new fiscal year budget for the project.

Caggiano said he hopes to complete the project by Jan. 1, 2015.

City officials, including Caggiano, have said the new fire substation would improve the city’s fire protection rating.

Under the Insurance Services Office’s rating system, fire departments are judged on their ability to respond to fires and emergencies and receive a Public Protection Classification of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best. Some insurance companies use ISO ratings to help determine premiums for residences and businesses.

City officials are also considering a plan to staff the facility with emergency medical technicians. However, city officials have cautioned negotiations with the hospital are very preliminary.

In addition to its main facility, the Gaffney Fire Department operates substations on Overbrook Drive and Chero- kee Avenue. The city also plans to build a substation at the site of its proposed training facility on Beltline Road. That construction is about five years away, city officials have said.

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