Chelsea’s fire department is under the direction of a new chief, just in time for the construction of a new fire station.
Veteran firefighter Tim Schulze was named as chief of the Chelsea Fire Department at a special meeting of the Chelsea Board of Trustees Monday.
Schulze replaces former chief Alan Harris, who had served as chief with the department for more than 20 years.
Schulze has been with the Chelsea Fire Department for more than 10 years. He was one of three applicants who expressed interest in the position.
Mayor Kenny Weast said Schulze is more than capable of performing the duties of chief.
“He is very committed and dedicated,” Weast said.
Schulze takes over the position just as the department is getting ready for a new Emergency Services Facility.
The new $600,000 facility, funded by a one-cent sales tax, will be located on Olive Street on a stretch of property where the city’s new waterworks building is currently housed. The city’s new animal shelter is currently on the property as well, and set to open later this year.
The fire station plans call for five bays that can be exited in both directions, plenty of storage room, a meeting room, a kitchen, and room for expansion if the department ever acquires full-time firefighters.
Five bids were presented to the town of Chelsea for the construction of the new facility, and the board awarded the bid to Brewer Construction at a cost of $599,808. That price came in just under the $600,000 allotted for construction of the facility Cabinetry and painting was not included in the bid and the fire department could possibly take those two projects on themselves.
Although an actual start date has not been set for construction, it is scheduled to take approximately six to eight months, according to Jason Brewer, owner of Brewer Construction.
The current fire station is a 40-year-old building that only houses three of the department’s 12 trucks. The other trucks are parked around town at other municipal buildings such as the gas authority and the old police department.