New, Expanded Use of Lost Lake Fire Substation
Residents of the Lost Lake Drive area will soon have some new neighbors as the Lost Lake Fire Station substation will become home to new occupants this month; Groton's Emergency Management Agency ((EMA) and Groton Police Department detectives will fill the available office space in the building.
Police Chief Donald Palma said that his team is excited to have the needed space and this gives the EMA a location to conduct training and classes, and to establish a location for emergency services, including communications, monitoring systems and critical equipment. It will also give detectives the enclosed offices they need for privacy when conducting interviews and investigations. The Police Department section of the building will be known as the Community Resource Center. Chief Palma said that personnel will be phased in with structured hours at the site.
According to Town Manager Mark Haddad, the original plan was for Fire Chief Joe Bosselait and his administrator to move to the Lost Lake Department location as the Police Department Public Safety Building has become crowded.
Several years ago, the Fire Department, which was split between Center Station on Station Avenue and the Ambulance Service located in the Public Safety building, decided to move all their operation into the Public Safety building. This is because the same full -time firefighters are also the town EMTs and they need fast access to the ambulances that are housed at the Public Safety building. However, as personnel were added, the space there became more limited.
Haddad said the Fire Chief advised him that his operation was cohesive and that the logistics to move to the Lost Lake Substation would create a communications issue. This also would cause him to have to move twice, once to Lost Lake and again in two years when the new fire station is built, where he plans to consolidate everything into one building.
Chief Palma estimates that the building will be occupied by his department no later than end of January.