New firehouse named after fallen chief

Whiting Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Mike Wilbur and members of the Whiting Selectboard will host a grand opening and dedication of Whitings newly expanded Whiting firehouse. The new firehouse will be dedicated to the towns late fire chief, Clarence Birchmore, who died in the line of duty in March 2002.

The grand opening and dedication will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1-3 p.m. The actual dedication will begin at 1:30 p.m., with a school program to follow. Vermont Gov. Douglas and several local state representatives have been invited to speak.

The firehouse expansion is the result of a $115,000 bond financed by the residents of Whiting.

We outgrew our original firehouse (formerly the Hood creamery building) when the department expanded to fire and rescue, with the addition of a Whiting First Response squad and their vehicle, according to Ellen Kurrelmeyer of the Whiting Selectboard. We also needed expanded training space and a heated garage for 12-month deployment of our water tanker.

Community support for this project was unanimous, according to Kurrelmeyer.

We are a very small town, but our volunteer fire department and rescue squad provide a large measure of service and security to the surrounding communities, she said. We are very proud of all our volunteers. We will share our pride, and our gratitude for community support, at this celebration and will dedicate our new building to our fallen hero, Clarence Birchmore.

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